scarlet ibis

scarlet ibis

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  • The Scarlet Ibis
  • By Marissa Scheller, period 4 written by James Hurst
  • T- TONE
  • The biggest tone of the Scarlet Ibis is sorrow. One can't help but feel sympathy towards Doodle. He not only has a debilitating disability, but also a brother who is secretly ashamed and embarrassed to have him in his presence.
  • The word choices and phrases in the Scarlet Ibis make the atmosphere feel unsettling and uneasy. Some of these words are, "rotting", "bleeding tree", "graveyard flowers", and "dead."
  • be yourself
  • The quote, "Even death did not mar its grace, for it lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers..." gives us a clear image of how beautiful yet tragic the bird is. We can easily associate it with Doodle, who is also different and tragic, but is still "beautiful" in his own way
  • The story is written the first person point of view of Doodle's brother, which helps the reader to better understand the emotions surrounding having Doodle as a brother, and what their lives were like because of it.
  • The theme of this story is to not try to change yourself. Although Doodle felt like his brother was helping him, (which he was to a certain extent) 
  • change who you are
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