“One day I took him up to the barn loft and showed him his casket, telling him how we all had believed he would die. It was covered with a film of Paris green sprinkled to kill the rats, and screech owls had built a nest inside it.” The symbolism used in the story The Scarlet Ibis helps create a gloomy tone. One example that Hurst uses is the coffin as
One day Doodle went to Old Woman Swamp with his brother and a storm hit, so Doodle and his brother were going back home, when as a result of his heels being stepped on several times, his brother started running away from him, leaving Doodle alone in the storm. When his brother realized what an atrocious thing he had done to his helpless sibling, he went back to get Doodle, and just like the Scarlet Ibis they saw die in their tree hours earlier, Doodle was lying there under a tree… dead. The first example of the theme “selfish people aren't the ones that suffer their selfishness: it's those around them, in which it harms”, is when the narrator says “ Occasionally I too became discouraged because it didn't seem as if he were trying, and I would say, ‘Doodle, don't you want to learn to walk?’ He'd nod his head, and I'd say, ‘Well, if you don't keep trying, you'll never learn.’ Then I'd paint for him a picture of us as old men, white-haired, him with a long white beard and me still pulling him around in the go-cart.
Until Doodle could walk, the narrator had to push him around in a go kart. Having to bring Doodle everywhere he went, the narrator was “embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn’t walk, so I set out to teach him” (446). The narrator and Doodle set to work on his walking ability. On Doodle’s sixth birthday, the narrator wanted to surprise his family with Doodle’s walking. The narrator’s family did not know “that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (469).
A character consumed by pride kills his crippled brother. Although a compelling horror film’s plot, this is what occurs in James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis”. The main theme entails that selfish actions have dire consequences, such as losing the entities you pride yourself on. This theme of consequential loss is displayed thoroughly throughout the story in the protagonist’s actions, words, and emotions. Foremost, the main character forces his handicapped sibling to walk to boost his own self-image, despite his brother’s protests, and the fact that everyone: “Mama, the doctor- everybody” say that he is unable to walk.
Jem and Scout were walking home from the halloween party when Jem said “Hush a minute, Scout” (Lee 263) because he he heard something. After walking for a bit longer and hearing weird noises off and on they hear someone running at them, that someone was Bob Ewell and Jem yells “Run, Scout! Run! Run!” (Lee 265) once he said that he felt chicken wire wrap around him then he fell and rolled away then got up and ran as fast as he could towards Jems scream until he ran into someone that wrapped their arms around him.
In the short story, “ The Scarlet Ibis,” the author uses symbolism to represent the story’s main ideas. Symbolism is represented by the Scarlet Ibis and Doodle. In the Scarlet Ibis, Doodle is a young boy who can’t walk by himself so his brother takes care of him. In the story, there are a lot of things that are red symbols because those represent Doodle. In the story, “ Even death did not mar its grace, for it lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers”
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Arthur aka Boo Radley is a mockingbird because he is a kind recluded person getting harassed by everyone because he’s different but he’s really just a nice person, shy and even protected Jem and Scout from their attacker showing his courage. To begin with, Boo is nice because he gave many things to Scout and Jem through the knothole till his brother Nathan clogged it up with cement because it was “dying” as Scout and Jem thought but really isn’t much proof. “We were walking past our tree. In its knot-hole rested a ball of gray twine”(59) after a bit of talking Jem convinced Scout not to take it yet and leave it waiting to see if someone like Walter Cunningham would take it back. “We went back home.
Time was running out on Brother’s plan, so in the middle of a thunderstorm he started running away from his brother. Because of the strain on his heart Doodle died. His last words were “don't leave me Brother”. I believe The Scarlett Ibis is the best story because
Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,”(pg. 92) In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch teaches his children not not to kill mockingbirds because they are innocent; all they do is help and get treated poorly. All throughout the novel multiple people are seen as “mockingbirds”. In the novel, Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Boo (Arthur)
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, mockingbirds symbolize innocence, as they are peaceful, sing beautiful songs and cause no harm. In chapter 10 of the book Harper Lee mentions something that is very eye catching which is “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something.” This caught my eye as that it even mentions that it was the only thing that Atticus ever said was a sin. What made this even more interesting was Miss Maudie’s response to scout asking why it a sin to kill mockingbirds “‘Your father’s right,’ she said.
In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee uses the motif of Boo Radley and finding gifts in the tree to teach Jem and Scout that they shouldn’t blindly believe the rumors they hear but find out the truth for themselves and form impressions based on it. Scout and Jem find gifts in the knothole of a tree on the Radley lot, presumably left by Boo Radley. Mr. Radley, Boo’s brother ends up plugging the knothole with cement, claiming the tree is dying. Jem stays outside on the porch until sundown after he finds out that the knothole has been blocked. When Jem comes inside, Scout comments to herself, “ [Jem] stood there until nightfall, and I waited for him.
Often, authors will use symbolism to add meaning and depth to their story that literal of a young 14 year old boy and his brother Doodle. Doodle has a physical disability and can’t walk. However his brother makes him walk and teaches him to do other things he couldn’t do, words never could. James Hurst, the author of “The Scarlet Ibis” is no expectation. Hurst writes because he was embarrassed of him.
My image is, “a feather dropping away.” This image occurs when the family finds the Scarlet Ibis in a tree in their yard. They see a feather fall right before the Ibis fall down to its death. For my drawing I drew a feather dropping from a bird equals Brother running from Doodle. I interpreted this image as negative because a feather dropping shows that the bird is weak and is going to die.
One symbol in “The Scarlet Ibis” is the casket built for Doodle as a baby. According to the text, “‘And before I’ll help you down from the loft, you’re going to have to touch it.’ ‘I won’t touch it,’ he said sullenly.” (paragraph 10, The Scarlet Ibis) it seems as if Brother knows what is going to happen in the near future because he denied Doodle of coming back down until he touched the coffin. There is a reason Doodle was so reluctant to reach out and touch the casket that was built for him as a baby.