In “The Scarlet Ibis” there are a lot of different symbolisms throughout the characters, the setting, as well as the main plot. In “The Scarlet Ibis” the three main symbolisms are; the symbolism between the Ibis and Doodle, the symbolism between Old Woman Swamp and the boys, and finally the symbolism between the color red and Doodle. These are all very important aspects of the story because they tell us the authors true intentions of how each thing relates to another.
The symbolism between the Ibis and Doodle are very important during this story. The main thing that really protrudes about the symbolism between Doodle and the Ibis is that both Doodle and the Ibis are both very rare. The bird is from a faraway place and Doodle was just born as “special” to Aunt Nicey. The Ibis and Doodle die on the same day is also a major use of symbolism. How Doodle cares for the Ibis just because he is different just like him, he shows his caring through burying the Ibis when no one else seems to have solicitude for the Ibis after it dies. This is just like how no one seems to really care about Doodle. Doodle buries the Ibis because he wants to treat the Ibis just like how Doodle wants to be treated.
The symbolism between the brothers and Old Woman Swamp shows an extensive magnitude of symbolism as well. The author describes Old Woman Swamp as a beautiful place that the brothers both enjoy going to. The author also mentions that they go to the swamp fairly often which tells us that Old Woman Swamp is like a paradise to the brothers. The brothers go there both for the scenic beauty and to get away from all the essential life situations that Doodle faces. This is also the place that the author teaches Doodle how to walk for the first time, because of this place it is so important for the plot. The author at the beginning of the story tells us that he couldn’t wait to have a brother so that they could do things like go to Old Women Swamp, because of the author bribing Doodle...
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