long, graceful neck... white veil over and beak unhinged.... clawlike feet delicately at rest....
By James Hurst Andrew Dignazio Pd 2
The image is dark because the tone is dark. Throughout the story everything good seems to have a shadow of darkness overhead. Whenever they are happy, in the back of their they still remember the struggle they have.
one upon a time...
The author uses descriptive words like these to give you a picture in you head. And he almost shows you what is going on instead of just telling you. He basically tries to put you in the story.
It shows the bird they found in the tree. The author uses very descriptive words to describe the bird as he sits in the tree, and when it flutters out.
The "once upon a time" represents the style used by the author in this story. He uses a narrative style to tell a story. And to give insight.
I think the theme in this story is not to just think about yourself. And not to take things for granted. Because eventually when his brother dies, he realizes how much he is going to miss him. And i'm sure he would go back at any point to be with him.