Doodle was happy through most of his life. He was always amiable and joyful because he was with his brother. He was always joking around or playfully mocking his brother. He was especially happy when Doodle and his brother went down to Old Woman swamp to play.
The Author's word choice plays a critical role in how the story is portrayed. The author uses text such as "The flower garden was strained with rotting brown magnolia petals and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox." You can really see the flowers with this in depth explanation of what they look like. That is just one example of where he uses very vivid words to describe things.
The author uses imagery in this story to describe certain things. He describes the trees and the scene around around him. He describes his home and the feeling he has with his little brother Doodle, and they share some memorable times together. The author uses imagery here "It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree".
It is so beautiful!
The author uses very vivid vocabulary words to describe the feelings he and his brother have. For example "With success so imminent, we decided not to tell anyone until he could actually walk". The author uses the word imminent here to show that it was about to occur.
The author's theme is very important. The imagery the author uses in the story says that he likes to use vivid vocabulary and very descriptive words. I believe the theme of this story is to show that life is short. He hints to Doodle's death many times in the beginning parts of the story, and he points to facts that life is not long. One of these is when the author says Doodle's father makes a coffin before he was born.