The Scarlet Ibis Analysis Essay

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“There is within me (and with great sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction,, and at times I was mean to doodle.” This Quote accurately displays the sort of imagery and tone often displayed in the short story with its’ bone chilling effect. The story at times seems like it may take a turn for the better and the mood will get lighter or happier or maybe even fluffier, but no the author brilliantly fools the reader with false hope of happiness, of life, and of content. There is many literary elements used in the scarlet ibis but the most common being bright and intricate Imagery, a foreboding amount of foreshadowing, and a brilliantly set and released mood.

In The Scarlet Ibis the author gets extremely creative whilst using imagery to the point where you feel as if you are the narrator feeling the beat of his heart every strain, every pain, every ounce of guilt. “for a long time, it seemed forever, i lay there crying, sheltering my scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.” there is also the sort of imagery that creates not an ominous mood but a happy one in its place. An example of this could be "Then when the slanted rays of the sun burned orange in the tops of the pines, we’d drop our jewels
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The inserting of the dead ibis in the story, with doodle having a connection to it was a good foreshadow of that doodle would die and that the ibis is no longer an ibis , but from then on it was a symbol for doodle and his life, and impending doom. “They named him William Armstrong, which is like tying a big tail on a small kite. Such a name sounds good only on a tombstone.” This Excerpt shows how the author is foreshadowing that he will die with the word tombstone that has an ominous
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