This scene shows an excited tone. This is the scene whenever Doodle first walks in front of his family. The story says, "Mama began to cry and ran over to him... Daddy hugged him too." This shows how excited the family is.
The Author uses a negative word choice when describing Doodle as a baby. The Author states, "Trembling, he'd push himself up, turning first red, then a soft purple, and finally collapse back onto the bed like an old worn-out doll." This is showing us and not telling us how negative the situation is.
This shows the imagery used at the beginning of the story when the author says, "The flower garden was strained with rotting brown magnolia petals." This gives me and other readers a great image of what is occuring.
The Author uses foreshadowing throughout the story. In the first paragraph, it says, "The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softy the names of our dead." This quote is foreshadowing Doodle's death.
The theme of the story is to not allow your pride to take over. In the story, the only reason the brother every helps Doodle to walk is because of his own pride. Doodle's death ultimately results from his Brother's pride.