The story starts off in a positive tone saying that "I though myself pretty smart at many things, like holding my breath, running, jumping, or climbing the vines in the Old Woman Swamp".
The Author uses a variety of words to describe the scene and create a good sense of immagry by saying "When we reached Horsehead Landing, lightning was playing across half the sky and thunder roared out, hiding even the sound of the sea".
This story provides outstanding immagry, such as in the last few lines saying '"'Doodle!' I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain".
The author's style is to write very descriptivly to create a good sence of immagry such as desecsribing his dead brother as "He lay very awkwardly, with his head thrown far back, making his vermilion neck appear unusually long and slim. His little legs, bent sharply at the knees, had never before seemed so fragile, so thin".
The overlying theme of this story is that everyone has their own limits and you should respect them. In this case, Doodle's brother did not recognise his disability and pushed him to hard, resulting in the death of Doodle.