The work, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst is a realistic nonfiction short story. In this work, a boy Doodle is born with major disabilities, and his brother (the narrator) is ashamed of him. However, he also loves him. Doodle cannot walk, but the narrator teaches him, and goes further into the “net of expectation” and pushes his brother too far. Eventually, Doodle dies tragically in a storm, and his dead body resembles a scarlet ibis that has made an appearance in the story before.
In the short story The Scarlet Ibis, the author declares that a bridge exists between the color red and the suffering of life through a variety of allegories. And it’s intuitive: what first comes to mind when one hears red? What correlates with red is blood. Doodle is the first to notice a suffering bird outside in the garden. “How many miles it had traveled to die like this, in our yard, beneath the bleeding tree.
In the story “ The Scarlet Ibis” the best symbol that represents Doodle is the scarlet ibis. To start off, “At that moment the bird began to flutter, but the wings were uncoordinated, and amid much flapping and a spray of flying feathers, it tumbled down, bumping through the limbs of the bleeding tree and landed at our feet with a thud” (Hurst 137). This is important because it gives the same descriptions to Doodle and the scarlet ibis. At the beginning of the short story is explains that Doodle will never be able to walk, run, or even move. They were wrong and in the direct quote it explains the scarlet ibis being uncoordinated, falls, and tumbles down.
This is important because it Doodle’s disability is a major part of the story. Perhaps the reason Doodle is so interested in the bird is because it is not healthy therefore Doodle has some kind of a connection to the bird. After the bird “tumbled down, bumping through the limbs of the bleeding tree and landing at our feet with a thud” and died, the brothers noticed how its “long, graceful neck jerked twice into an S.” When the narrator finds Doodle in the storm “with... [his] vermilion neck appear unusually long and
Doodle came a long way from when he was born. People thought he would die and they made him a casket. Doodle then learned to walk, run, and talk. Doodle died because he was pushing himself too hard and couldn’t do it anymore. My last piece of evidence is, “He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red.
Turning from a prideful boy to being merciful toward his dead brother. In fact, it all began when his brother was born, “with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man’s” (595). Doodle is weakened and incapable of doing activities normal kids do at his age. The narrator encourages Doodle to keep on pushing, but no sooner does the narrator learn that pushing Doddle over his limitations will sooner or later kill him. The narrator kills Doodle indirectly, as a consequence of the lack of knowledge he has about Doodle’s medical issues, and as said before, being enveloped in pride.
Emily Webb 24 August 2015 Caron Moore AP English Lit 4th Period UNTITLED INTRO PARAGRAPH Adah quotes from “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams on page 170 because of the constant death around her — not only of the family’s chickens but of the people of Kilanga. “Our Father…He doesn’t seem to mind the corpses so much as the souls unsaved. In the grand tally Up Yonder, each one counts as a point against him” (Kingsolver 171). The girls’ father claims he can save the Congolese people by leading them to worship his God. In the poem that Adah alludes to, Nathan Price is symbolized by the red wheelbarrow; he is glazed with the rainwater, his religion, beside the white chickens, the Congolese.
In the story " The Scarlet Ibis" James Hurst shows images of red and expresses that every choice we make has a consequence and its either good or bad. The first place he shows images of red is when doodle and brother went up to the barn loft and saw the coffin. "Daddy had Mr. Heath, the carpenter, build a little mahogany coffin for him". Mahogany is a shade of reddish brown. It shows how death can change the mood of the story.
When cole almost died Cole was by a tree that had a nest of sparrows. in the sparrows nest were baby sparrows and the mother was feed them and Cole was so angry at that, but then after awhile a storm started coming and the tree fell and killed the baby sparrows. When the sparrows died cole said “ Cole grunted angrily- he didn’t want to die yet. Yes, someday that would be part of his circle. Someday he would lie in his own waste and eaten by maggots.
And from the tree, the bird tumbles and dies. “At that moment the bird began to flutter, but the wings were uncoordinated, and amid much flapping and a spray of flying feathers, it tumbled down, bumping through the limbs of the bleeding tree and landing at our feet with a thud,” (Hurst 3). The storm that brought the Ibis also symbolizes a bad omen. Also the early darkness symbolizes the approach of death. “The sun disappeared and darkness descended, almost like night,” (Hurst 4).
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.
Wiping a strand of my dark hair away from my face, I noticed that my black cover up was gone. Looking around, I was only met with dead or injured bodies littering the floor. After a while, I gave up searching when I saw that someone was pointing an arrow to my older brother. My brother, still not noticing the man, was battling against someone on his horse. Narrowing my eyes, I drew my arrow back focusing on the man who was regaining his balance after tripping over somebody.
The doctor states that even the strain put on doodles body from setting upward might kill him, due to his weak heart. Doodle 's brother consistently thinks about what it would be like to have a “normal” Brother. He wanted someone who could run, jump and play with him, instead having a weak and fragile brother known as doodle. Through the story the narrators brother doodle is pulled behind in a wagon, do the the fact that Doodle can 't walk. At this moment is when Brother decides to train Doodle to be what he portrays as a "normal human being" Eventually, at six years of age, Doodle learns to walk with help from Brother.