The tone was sadness and grief. This story was about a brother(the narrator) looking back at his childhood remembering when his brother died. It showed the narrator feeling badly about how he treated his brother.
Is that what's going to happen to me?
The word choice in this story created an upsetting environment. The author used words like the following: dead, rotting, bleeding tree, and names of our dead. These specific words create a gloomy setting.
Look! I'm doing it! I'm walking!
Good job, I'm so proud of you! I knew you could do it!
The author uses imagery to create an image in our minds while reading the story. The author uses words like, "strained with rotting brown magnolia petals ". This creates the picture of dying, rotting flowers inside a garden into the reader's mind while reading.
The authors style includes foreshadowing. This is present when Doodle sees himself in the scarlet ibis that died in their backyard. He sees many similarities between the two of them including that neither seem to belong where they are, and they both surpassed the expectations people have for them. These expectations are very limited to begin with.
The theme of this story is perseverance and determination. The author shows this when Doodle wants so badly to learn to walk. No matter how much Doodle wants to give up and quit, he keeps going and wants to succeed.