The older brother uses tone to portray a positive image of the Scarlet Ibis by using a bevy of adjectives. "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.
The author uses words to show us that the sun has risen instead of telling us. "Then when the slanted rays of the sun burned orange in the tops of the pines."
The author uses a simile to portray an image, "oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle."
James Hurst uses a narrative style to tell the story of the Scarlet Ibis, this can be shown by the gripping emotional scenes, the author's vocab and the use of figurative language.
The theme of the story in may opinion is that pride is a double edged sword. While pride led to Doodle being able to walk too much selfish pride led to Doodle's eventually death.