I began to weep, and the tear-blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar. "Doodle!" I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.
Charlie Deible Period 2
The Scarlet Ibis has a dark tone because foreshadowing is previewing some sort of negative event the entire time. Also the story talks about the death, murder, and struggles of a child from the very begining of the story.
This looks like my cue.
The word choice is used to paint a very clear picture in every case. It is used to very clearly show what the narrator is feeling and his opinions. It continues to develop the dark tone by using negative adjectives.
The author uses imagery to reference death with lines like, "A grindstone stands where the bleeding tree stood, just outside the kitchen door, and now if an oriole sings in the elm, its song seems to die up in the leaves, a silvery dust." This doubles as foreshadowing for the end of the story.
Wink wink nudge nudge.
The author uses foreshadowing many times throughout the story, but is most notable when the helpless scarlet ibis dies under the bleeding tree during a storm after "making it so far." This is exactly what happens to Doodle at the end of the story.
The theme of the story is not to help people for selfish reasons. It may work out for a little but will overall end up bad.