The general tone of The Scarlet Ibis is mostly sorrowful. The story is told in a more dark way using terms like "rotting brown magnolia petals" and "There is within me a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love"
The author uses a lot of phrases about blood or the color of blood when describing doodle's death scene. He uses words like vermilion, red nightshade, and tear-blurred vision in red. He uses these phrases to make the death more surreal and impact full to the reader.
When the author describes the Old Woman Swamp, He uses a lot of imagery in his words. He uses terms like "where the palmetto fronds whispered by the stream", and "I lifted him out and set him down in the soft rubber grass beside a tall pine". He uses these phrases to create a happy place for the swamp.
The author uses a very formal writing style in The Scarlet Ibis. He uses terms like "It was in the clove of seasons" and "The flower garden is prim, the house a gleaming white, and the pale fence across the yard stands straight and spruce". This shows that the author uses a very refined sense of writing and word choice.
The author's theme is all about accepting your faults and not changing how you act for how other people want you to act. This is shown by the sorrowful tone in the story which leads doodle and the speaker down a dark path to doodle's death all because of the speaker's selfishness.