The Scarlet Ibis Twist

The Scarlet Ibis Twist
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  • David Lessure PD 2 English James Hurst
  • Tone
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  •                                Imagery and detail
  • The tone of the story was sorrowful. Doodle was not likely to live and makes serious progress. His condition improves. He then dies when his brother chose to leave him behind in the storm.
  • Style
  • The words used by the author were aggressive at some times. Doodle's older brother yelled, "'Shut up. I'm not going to hurt you. I'm going to teach you to walk.' I heaved him up again, and again he collapsed." This aggressive language was chosen to show that he will not put up with having a crippled brother. 
  • Theme
  • The author creates imagery and detail by using literary devices. For example, he compares Doodle to a Scarlet Ibis.  "I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain." Doodle's body has broken down after coming so far. The Scarlet Ibis is not from around that area and was swept in by a storm. Doodle has come so far from being pushed in a cart for most of his life. Then he dies just like the bird. 
  • There is foreshadowing occurring throughout the story. Doodle eventually dies at the very end of the story. The narrator thinks to himself, "They named him William Armstrong, which is like tying a big tail on a small kite. Such a name sounds good only on a tombstone." 
  • William Armstrong
  •  Pride is a theme in the Scarlet of Ibis.  Doodle's brother realizes, "...pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." The brother's pride teaches Doodle to walk, but for his selfish reasons.
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