The color red appears everywhere throughout the story. It is shown by the scarlet ibis, the bleeding tree, and Doodle's death.
The scarlet ibis is the biggest symbol in the story as it foreshadows how Doodle will die.
Pride can cause one to go to drastic measures to achieve something and often leads to tragic events.
Nature is a recurring motif in the story. The beauty of nature enhances the narrator and his brother's life. Places like Old Women Swamp, Horsehead Landing, and the families land itself are described all throughout the story.