Scarlet Ibis Littke

Scarlet Ibis Littke

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  • "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst
  • Tone
  • Tear-blurred vision, pounding storm, my fallen scarlet ibis
  • Word Choice
  • Wings were uncoordinated; long, graceful neck jerked twice into an S; white veil came over the eyes; legs were crossed; delicately curved at rest
  • By:Mark Littke Pd.4
  • Imagery
  • The ibis lit in the bleeding tree; ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox; graveyard flowers...softly speaking the names of our dead
  • The author makes the tone of the story a morbid, sorrowful sadness and hopeless darkness of what should have been gained by the characters. Specifically, in this story, the characters lose the life of a main character who overcomes a major conflict and fails in the end and dies to promote a dark, horrific, and sad tone that applies to theme. This is especially true when another major character weeps and uses adjectives to add to the gloom disparity of the story .
  • Style
  • Through the narrator's description of the ibis's death, these word groups, adjectives, and nouns used emphasizes a sorrowful yet graceful death symbolizing a peaceful yet untimely death of unfortunate people and living things. Words such as "White veil came over the eyes" and "Delicately curved at rest" shows rather than tells one an untimely but peaceful death that represents a major point in the plot and the development of a larger theme.
  • Theme
  • In this image representing a major part of the story, the character is about to flashback on the main events and uses vivid imagery and personification to paint an image of the sorrowful nature on the plot. He describes morbid plants among a grave by a 'bleeding' tree.
  • The author, through his descriptive and understandable writing and concepts, uses a descriptive literary style through his morbid, very vivid descriptions and lengthy sentences to show a point about the plot and moral rather than tell these points. He uses words like "fragile" and "lay very awkwardly" in lengthy sentences to prove the point of his writing and concepts to show the sorrowful but important moral in an understandable way.
  • "Doodle! Doodle!" I cried, shaking him, but there was no answer but the ropy rain. 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 author more easily conveys a subject to the writing through the aforementioned elements.The subject is the warnings of not "letting go" and over-doing a goal path and losing something or someone not even worth losing. Through tone and imagery, one can infer the author discusses a dark, sorrowful topic in a descriptive, morbid way to lead a narrower explanation to the subject of the writing. Also, word choice, style, and imagery can help the reader more easily infer a heavy moral.
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