The tone of this story was somber. The image is showing that throughout Doodle's life he had problems, but he started overcoming those obstacles. As soon as he started becoming a "normal" kid, he got struck by lightning. Throughout this story there was always a problem with Doodle, whether it was his health issues or his death.
The word choices shown throughout the story reflect death and emptiness. This picture depicts when Doodle dies, and the family is heartbroken over it. Since the beginning of the story, the author chose negative words such as empty cradle and ironweeds.
This picture is depicting when the author says "Even death did not mar its grace, for it lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers, and we stood around it, awed by its exotic beauty." This simile is helpful in painting the picture for the reader that one can find something wonderful in everything, including in Doodle. This simile also shows that even though it is a very sorrowful event for the family, similar to Doodle's birth, they are still amazed by the beauty of the bird, similar to Doodle's accomplishments.
"The Scarlet Ibis", written by James Hurst, is a narrative short story. In this picture it is showing the narrator, older now, thinking back to Doodle. In this part of the story, the narrator has realized that he can not get rid of Doodle and starts to love him.
The theme of the short story is to look at the inside of people instead of worrying about the outside. This picture is showing the narrator literally thinking about the inside of Doodle instead of how he looks on the outside. Here we see that the narrator is worried about Doodle's character over anything else.