The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst has a very melancholy and regretful tone at times. Sometimes you do get a lighter tone that’s happier. Several things really make you get a sense of the tone in the story. These things are diction, imagery, and syntax. From the very first paragraph, the imagery in the story really gives you the melancholy feeling of death and sadness. The “rotting brown magnolia petals” and the “graveyard flowers” that spoke “softly the names of our dead” paint a vivid picture in your head of death. In this story a lot of things are connected with the color red. This red image always seems to symbolize death or sadness. The bird that died- the scarlet Ibis- was a red bird and Doodle, who was thought to die soon after birth, was connected with the color red at his birth and his death. At times the tone seems to be more fresh and happy, like the images of Doodle walking, but even this happy moment is brought to gloom when Aunt Nicey steps on Brother’s toe. He thinks he is going to be “crippled for life.” The image at the end of the story helps you get the feeling of regret. Brother was crying and sheltering Doodle from the rain. Diction is another thing that really helps the reader understand the tone. Hurst’s choice of words definitely creates a sense of grief and sadness. The words “bleeding” and “stained” give you a sense of sympathy for Doodle. To help set the melancholy tone in the beginning of the story, words like rank, rotting, and strained are used. These words give a negative connotation and make you feel sad and gloomy. To lighten the tone words like beautiful and serene are used to describe Doodle’s view of what their life in the future will be like. Syntax is the third thing that helps the reader feel the tone of the story. Hurst uses many similes and metaphors to create the tone. He says “promise hung about us like leaves” and “like a pot of gold” which both give us more a sense of happiness and
Hailey M. Camper
Mrs. Lauren Owen
English 9 Honors
17 September 2013
The Scarlet Ibis: A Literary Analysis
There are multiple literary elements that combine together to create the theme and mood of a story. In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” the author, James Hurst, demonstrates the use of literary elements and the importance of vital life lessons. The mood in this short story is deeply nostalgic and melancholy. The narrator faces the difficult obstacle of his pride vs. Himself (which….
The Scarlet Ibis
By: Jade N
How would you feel if you were pushed beyond your limit? In this short story “The Scarlet Ibis.” Doodle is a character who is pushed beyond his limit by an unappreciative/selfish older brother. The three things I’ll summarize in this story are: Doodle being pushed too hard, the eldest brother secretly wanting to kill Doodle, and Lastly, How the brother tried to put Doodle in a special development program.
Doodle was pushed too hard by; his older brother would….
In The Scarlet Ibis, what evidence does the narrarator use to support his claim that Doodle was a burden in many ways?
Doodle was a burden because he really couldn't do a whole lot for himself. He was very weak and very dependent. The narrator had to take him with him wherever he went and he had to be careful with him at all times. He had a lot of restrictions when taking Doodle around with him. To a young boy, lugging his brother around with him wherever he went would become a nuisance."Daddy….
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….
In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis”, James Hurst uses nature imagery to symbolize the narrator’s mixed emotions, supporting the theme that selfish pride generally causes more harm than good. In the story the narrator doesn’t know whether to care or be proud of his brother, or to be ashamed and careless. He has befuddled emotions towards his brother and he just wants him to be normal.
In the story, the narrator teaches Doodle how to walk. Not because he cares about Doodle, but because he is….
May 8, 2014
“The Scarlet Ibis”
Pride is one of two things, good and bad. In “The Scarlet Ibis”, by James Hurst, pride is the theme of the story. It takes place in the South during World War 1 at times of The Great Depression. The main character, the narrator, reminisces about when his younger brother, Doodle was alive. Throughout the story, symbolism is shown in every way.
Even though symbolism is shown throughout the story, the main symbol is the scarlet ibis itself. When everyone was….
Response to Literature Essay
“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst
In the fictional short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, we read about a little boy, named Doodle who finds the will to survive and looks at the positive things in life with the help of his brother. In this short story there are 3 symbols that represent the theme of the story. The symbols that you will read in this essay are: Flying, Peacock and the color Red. All of the story’s symbols are connected with Brother and Doodle….
The Scarlet Ibis Critical Lens Writing
In life, many people are born with disabilities but their opportunities for them still to succeed. Usually the pride of another person can sabotage their success. James Hurst one said “Pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears to vines, life and death”. This quote means that the pride of a person or group of people can be positive thing that can help others or a negative effect that can lead to one fate. The reason why I agree with this quote….
Doodle and the scarlet ibis are similar in many ways. First, Doodle could not walk until his brother taught him how to walk. However, it was not just the help from his brother. It was Doodle’s will that made him able to walk by himself. Doodle was willing to try again and again until he was able to walk. Doodle wanted to make himself and his family happy. The scarlet ibis, in order to fly, must try again and again until it can fly. Because they are willing to do anything to succeed….
The Scarlet Ibis
The scarlet ibis and Doodle have very much in common. First of all, this bird and this boy do not belong to the world they are living in. For example, this bird is a tropical bird and can not survive in the environment it was put in. The same thing happens with Doodle. He was born a cripple and he can not be a strong and athletic person as his brother is. However, his brother has a lot of expectations towards Doodle, and as a result of it, Doodle dies. Doodle likes this bird very….