Throughout the story "Scarlet Ibis" tone is shown through in the beginning of the story the older brother talks about hoe his brother is now dead and how he loved him and how he could be fun but also times could not. He wished he spent more time with him and treated him like an actual brother. He stares out his window and just imagines how it was before with his brother and how now it is all gone.
"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." The word choice in this quote helps people understand and think of how hurt he was and how he handled it. He showed emotions and actions and the way it was written helps the ready visualize it.
"...in Old Woman Swamp, and I wanted more than anything else someone to race to Horsehead Landing, someone to box with, and someone to perch with in the top fork of the great pine behind the barn, where across the fields and swamps you could see the sea." This shows the imagery of him doing the activities he always dreamed of doing with a "normal" brother.
"It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow." In this quote it shows the feelings that the older brother has and how he wanted to take his anger out on his little brother. The style is anger and frustration.
The theme of the story is for to love people who they are and not what they can and can not control about themselves. The older brother used his brother to make him feel better about himself instead of loving him for who he is. He should of cherished the memories he had with his brother because in the end he died and he was not the best brother he could have been.