When the boy asks for a story, the father “...rubs his chin, scratches in ear…” in an effort to conjure up a story his son would enjoy. The action in itself reflects the strong love and endearment he has for his child; a lot of thoughts are devoted to make a story. However, he can recall not one story and the father’s thoughts diverge from thinking of a captivating story, to the future he is dreadful for: “...soon, he thinks, the boy will give up on his father”.
Johnny, a young boy, is kidnapped and for some odd reason, likes it. Instead of being scared, frightened, or horrified, little Johnny has a great time with his kidnappers Sam and Bill. O. Henry makes situational irony evident in his short story “The Ransom of Red Chief,” as he makes his reader sense humor as Johnny has a great time. The situational irony creates an unexpected shock for the reader that is funny and amusing. Authors typically use situational irony to establish a surprising twist on the reader.
There are countless stories that have sappy endings where the hero saves the day and everything goes well, but in James Hurst’s short story ‘The Scarlet Ibis’ the main character makes mistakes that costs his little brother his life. Doodle, the little brother, has many different facets of his personality similar to a real person. It is because of these many facets that we, the readers, could connect to him.The most notable personalities that Doodle has is his selflessness, dependence on others, and his creative imagination. Doodle is very selfless and he is willing to walk to the edge of the earth just to see his family happy. He could not walk at all because of his birth defects, but his brother slowly but surely taught him how to first stand up, and then walk.
The symbolic scarlet ibis represents Doodle with its sickness that ultimately leads it to death and the significance of the appearance of the bird is emphasized alongside specific characteristics to foreshadow Doodle’s own awaiting tragedy. When the ibis makes an entrance into the story, its scarlet feathers and the sickly state it was introduced in were accentuated to stand out. The bird was “perched precariously” (561) on the topmost branch as the narrator and his family watch “a feather [drop] away and [float] slowly down through the green leaves” (561). The scarlet ibis’s sickness is employed to illustrate Doodle’s inability to walk, just as the bright red feather depict the end of Doodle’s life as the narrator cradles him in his arms,
However in the end Doodle might have tried too hard because, when death comes knocking the door is usually answered and, sadly for Doodle he may have been strong but not strong enough, ¨ For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.¨ this symbolises the death of a bird called an ibis that Doodle had taken the care to bury just hours before, and his brother the narrator is now, remembering how just like Doodle the scarlet ibis had come so far from where is started only to die a tragic and sorrowful death, and how remarkable that it was the accomplishments they both made. Going more in depth in this his brother had never really shown compassion towards Doodle and sort of thought of him as a burden. THis is why some may see it as surprising that he felt so much emotion when his brother passed but, others not so much because, through the resentment there was always love only to be cut short by a short life. Taking a look back at the story it seems like everything lead up to Doodles death and it seemed as if there was a lot of death mentioned as it progressed too. There still could have been other symbols to connect to but, death definitely
The narrator has to take Doodle everywhere and he was mentally carp about about how he is a burden. He would teach his brother how to do things regular things that other boys would so but doodle would batch that up. At the end of the story The narrator was callous towards his little brother, eventually he breaches his promise.
Doodle!” (564) all the while shielding him from the rain, the final consequence of the pride that ruled the life of the narrator. His guilt from not saving or waiting for Doodle is evident in the way he reacts to Doodle’s body. He panics, realizing the mistake he made in leaving Doodle behind, repeatedly calling out his name as if calling for him to wake up. When it sinks in that Doodle is truly gone, the narrator weeps for Doodle, crying “for a long time, it seemed forever, [he] lay there crying, sheltering [his] fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain” (564), knowing he would never get Doodle
“Two brothers, one mistake” Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. In "The Scarlet Ibis," a short story by James Hurst, the two main characters,"Brother" who is the narrator of this story, and Doodle who is the victim of Brother's cruel yet loving behavior. In the story the narrator has a brother with disabilities such as walking, and a heart problem. When the narrator's brother, Doodle turns five and he still cannot walk and he is starting school after summer. The narrator feels ashamed and embarrassed for having a brother that cannot walk.
In the story, “The Scarlet Ibis” author James Hurst uses indirect characterization through the thoughts and feeling of the protagonist towards his little brother Doodle to establish a meaningful theme. The theme is that being ashamed of those close to you often makes you lose sight of what that person may be going through, leading to regret in the future. In the beginning of the story, the protagonist talks about how his baby brother’s crawling made him resemble a doodle bug. This is why he calls his brother Doodle. “Renaming my brother was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him, because nobody expects much from someone named Doodle,” (3) the protagonist proceeds to explain.
In James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis,” Hurst uses vivid imagery, strong symbolism, and well-written diction to raise awareness and sensitivity towards children with disabilities. In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” Brother teaches Doodle, who is disabled, to walk. At the beginning of the story, few people believe that Doodle will even survive. Doodle overcomes the challenge of walking, and he finds a Scarlet Ibis in a tree, but it later dies. At the end of the story, Brother and Doodle are running to get home in a storm, and Doodle sadly passes away and does not get home.
The way Irving writes really portrays the characters with much description really brings them to life. As in this story he really brought the idea of “the devil” to all eyes. He has a very impressive style of writing, that not most writers have. He likes to express the emotions of the story line through the characters and even the settings. He really makes it feel like you are right alongside these characters feeling everything they feel.
In “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst we are told the story of Doodle from his brother’s perspective. We’re told just how crazy Doodle could be, how delicate he was and how he cared for a certain bird. Moreover, in “The Scarlet Ibis,” Hurst uses imagery to show the connection between Doodle and the scarlet ibis.The said bird is originally from the tropics but was found badly wounded in Doodle’s own backyard. It ended up falling out of a tree and dying. “Sadly, we all looked back at the bird.