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A symbol is something that stand for itself and something else. For example, in the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the scarlet ibis’s life is a symbol for doodle’s life. The lives of Doodle and the Scarlet Ibis are symbolic due to the fact that they are both red, they’re both weak, and they both die. The first example of how the lived of Doodle and the Scarlet Ibis are symbolic is the fact that they are both red. When Doodle is a baby, his brother describes him as being red. When Doodle is born He has a weak heart. This causes his face to turn red when he tries to crawl, walk, or run. “Trembling, he’d push himself up, turning first red, then a soft purple, and finally collapsed back onto the bed like an old worn out doll.” (171) like Doodle; the Scarlet Ibis is also red. The Scarlet Ibis is a red tropical bird. “. . . A bird the size of a chiocken, with scarlet feathers and long legs, was perched precariously” (179). As one can see, doodle and the Scarlet Ibis are symbolic in the fact that they are both red. The second example of how the lives of doodle and the Scarlet Ibis are symbolic is the fact that they’re both weak. One day his brother got tired of carrying him everywhere so he decided to teach him to walk. This made him weak because every time he’d try to get him up he’d fall. I heaved him up again, and again he collapsed. This time he did not lift his face up out of the rubber grass. “I just can’t do it.” (174) as one can see doodle and the scarlet ibis are symbolic in the fact that they are both weak and both their bodies give out on them. The third example of how the lives of doodle and the scarlet ibis are symbolic is the fact that they both die. One day a storm hit while they were coming home from the swamp and they were running trying to beat the rain and doodle’s brother left him. When he went back to get him, he saw that he had died because his heart was too weak. “Doodle! Doodle!” I cried, shaking him, but there was no answer...
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