James Hurst Essays

  • Symbolism In Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    Symbolism The author of the short story “Scarlet Ibis” is James Hurst. This is a story about a boy that was born with a heart disease. His name is William Armstrong, he was born prematurely. Even though he was slower than others his older brother helped him out. There are two symbols in this story. One of the symbols is Scarlet Ibis, the other is Doodle. There are a lot of similarities between Doodle And Scarlet Ibis. One similarity is that they are both fragile. They are both rare to the area

  • Symbolism In The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    James Hurst creates The Scarlet Ibis with an abundance of many literary devices, but a main device is symbolism. Nature and the Color red are the main symbols that Hurst uses throughout his short story. Hurst provides many symbols in his story and they all have a significant meaning, mostly relating to death. Throughout the story, the author makes multiple references to the color red, not only symbolizing death, but also provides hints of Doodle’s Death. The first encounter with this dreadful

  • Summary Of Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In the short story, “Scarlet Ibis”, James Hurst uses characterization to demonstrate the idea that if pride isn’t controlled, it can take over a person’s life and blur out the needs of others during one’s pursuit of success. Pride, the satisfactory feelings that one experiences after an achievement of some sort, is a two-way street; it both fills a person with gratitude, and confirmation that they succeeded, but it also is the driving force behind the guilt that quickly follows after one ceases to

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the protagonist is cruel to his brother, Doodle, because of his unexpected disability. For example, the narrator renamed his brother from ‘William Armstrong’ to ‘Doodle’ because he is convinced that his original name would only be meaningful on a tombstone. Even though the protagonist believed that renaming his brother would be an act of kindness, he only did it because he assumed that no one would envisage much someone with the name ‘Doodle’

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    Author Shannon L. Alder once said, “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” This is evident throughout the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis”, by James Hurst. The story starts with the birth of a physically ill brother who has heart problems and is predicted to die. Surprisingly, he survives and his older brother nicknames him Doodle as they set out on their crusade to help Doodle become a normal kid and overcome his health symptoms

  • Summary Of Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In the “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Brother’s personality allows him to solely focus on his motivation which is a result of his conflict being Doodle’s disability embarrassing him and the resolution of the conflict of training him until he is able to perform normally as someone his age. Brother’s personality traits include him being perseverant, naive, insecure and apprehensive. Brother’s insecurity and apprehensiveness cultivates the conflict of him being ashamed of Doodle’s inability to perform

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurst, through the characterization of the narrator, demonstrates that it is crucial to meticulously think before performing actions that may negatively scar someone for the rest of their life. After the narrator taught Doodle how to walk and when they were going to demonstrate the great feat they had accomplished, the narrator felt a moment of realization and “...began to cry...They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Brother exemplifies the true character assets of determination and goal-setting as well as pride because of his will to help his crippled brother become healthy. At the start of the story, Doodle, the brother of Brother, was a very weak and frail little boy. Brother, who was embarrassed about having a brother who possessed assets unlike no other. Due to this, Brother wanted to help Doodle become more He never looked back as his primary focus was to advance Doodle’s

  • Selfishness In The Scarlet Ibis, By James Hurst

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    Scarlet Ibis “Selfish people tend to only be good to themselves… then are surprised when they are alone”,(unknown).This is how Brother found himself when he abandoned Doodle during a storm. In The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst a child named William Armstrong (Doodle) is born with a medical condition who revokes him the ability to walk. But the selfishness, his Brother has been blinded by makes him want to teach his Brother to walk out of embarrassment “of having a crippled brother.” Therefore

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst is a short story about a man looking back on his childhood experiences with his little brother, Doodle. The author uses symbols related to death to affect the tone. The words death and dead are used nine times and subjects related to death seems to sneak into the narrative very often. For example, when naming their son, the protagonist’s parents decide on the name William Armstrong. The narrator says that “such a name sounds good only on a tombstone” (Hurst 1). Death is

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, A scarlet ibis symbolizes a young, invalid boy named Doodle because he relates to the bird’s vulnerability, weakness, and incoordination, yet each of them still strived to achieve the unexpected. Firstly, the scarlet ibis represented Doodle’s vulnerability because of the precarious way it perched high up in a tree, and unsteady on a branch. The susceptible bird risked falling because it did not have the physical strength to support itself. This

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    The short story, “The Scarlet Ibis”, written by James Hurst tells the story set in the rural area of North Carolina at a small farm. The narrator tells the story of his younger brother Doodle. Doodle is physically impaired and unintentionally creates hardships for him. The narrator attempts to help Doodle participate in normal activities. In the end, Doodle dies as a result of over exhaustion, and his brother leaving him stranded out in the rain. In the story, the author uses many different types

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, there are many kind and helpful actions done, but the torturous ones that Doodle’s older brother plans and executes surpass them all. For example, Brother starts to realize his feelings for Doodle soon after he is born and decides “ to kill him by smothering him with a pillow” (175). Not only is this cruel, but it is horrible to think that someone would want to harm a relative in that way. Being so young also means that Doodle would not be able

  • Destruction In The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    “The Scarlet Ibis” isn't a fairy tale, neither dedicated to entertaining the reader, but nevertheless, to avow deeply into the reality of how cruel and prideful people can be, disregarding the limitations of others. The author, James Hurst wanted to portray his larger message, that pride can ultimately lead to major destruction, by conveying two siblings. Doodle, the helpless, dependent, younger brother and his antagonist older brother whose name isn't revealed to us, he’s only referred

  • James Hurst Doodle Character Traits

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    success can be harming to them, although you may not see it because you are blinded on only helping them rather from just enjoying their presents instead of thinking and caring of what other people say. For example, A short story by James Hurst “ Scarlet Ibis”. Hurst tells a tragic story of doodle a disabled child and his brother. Doodle’s life is like a series of love and complication. Doodle doesn't give up because he is shown desirement although he goes through occasional cruelty by his brother

  • Guilty In The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    If someone hurts a loved one, but want to try and do something better for them in the process are they really guilty of their pain? In "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, Doodle is born premature and is unable to do the things his brother can. His brother is disappointed in Doodle and wants to teach him to walk. They were down at the river when a storm came in and Brother ran away from Doodle and when he came back Doodle was dead. I do believe Brother is guilty of Doodles death, because he pushed

  • Selfishness In The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    Why do we help others for the wrong intentions? In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis’ by James Hurst the topic of the story is selfishness. In the story there is a boy named Doodle who has a major heart issue. Doodle’s older brother is kinda embarrassed of him because he can not do what the other kids are doing, so Doodle’s brother trains him so he can be like the other kids. In this story the theme is revealed by important statements. Doodle’s older brother only helps him for himself. He’s Embarrassed

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the protagonist is cruel to his brother, Doodle, because of his unexpected disability. For example, when the narrator and his brother go to the barn together, the narrator forced Doodle to touch his own coffin that was built for him, as everyone believed he was going to die. It is incomprehensible why the narrator chose to remind Doodle of his almost certain death, because as his brother, he should be happy that Doodle is alive considering what

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    The story "the Scarlet Ibis" is written by James Hurst. Doodle is a boy who has a condition which makes him not able to walk. His older brother known as the "Narrator" teaches hi to walk. The Narrator pushed Doodle too hard... The character Doodle can best be described as sensitive and hopeless. Doodle is sensitive because Doodle cares for people and animals feelings. For example, when mama said the bird was dead Doodle did not want to come back inside and finish eating lunch. This shows

  • Summary Of The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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    In "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst the character Doodle often tells lies that seem to tell about his inner life. The lies become stories about people that can fly and of a boy named Peter who has a gorgeous pet peacock. The characters he creates are free to go wherever they want since they can fly; they flying characters represent Doodle's longing for mobility and freedom. His characters not only have working legs, but they also have wings to fly them wherever they wish to go. One of Doodle's favorite