The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis
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  • "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst
  • Tone
  • "Goodbye Doodle."
  • Word Choice
  • Owen Smith
  • Imagery/Detail
  • In the last couple of paragraphs in the story, the author sets the tone as something sorrowful and gloomy. He uses words such as limply, awkwardly, long, slim, and fragile. 
  • Style
  • Dead, not born, bleeding, strained, brown, rotting, ironweeds, empty cradle, rank, drifted, dead, graveyard, untenanted. 
  • Theme
  • "...The Oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle."  The imagery of an empty nest indicates a missing child.
  • "...last graveyard flowers were blooming."; "speaking softly the names of our dead." In the lines above the author provides 2 examples of foreshadowing. 
  • In the story, the narrator speaks in a past tense tone using words and imagery that sound like the theme could be the passing or memory of a loved one.
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