The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis

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  • "The Scarlet Ibis"
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  • "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, is about a little boy, Doodle, who has a disability as soon as he is born. His family thinks that he will die because of this, but he proves them wrong until his brother pushes the little brother beyond his limits.
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  • The brother's tone is threatening towards Doodle. This is because of the multiple times he has thought about killing him and also abandoning him. The older brother forces Doodle out or his comfort zone many different times.
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  • The author uses figurative language to create emotion and let us visualize. One simile in the story is, "They named him William Armstrong, which is like tying a big tail on a small kite"  This simile lets us visualize and infer that the name for him is too big for his personality. The name doesn't fit him
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