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ferrylee | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2008 at 6:31 AM via web

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What are some examples of the different conflicts in the story "The Scarlet Ibis"?

I have a workshet that requires me to give 2 examples of each of the conflicts below:

Man VS. Man

Man VS. Himself

Man VS. Nature

Man vs. Fate

Man vs. Society

I was wondering if you can help give me examples on all 5? I especially need help on Man vs. Fate and Man vs. Society, because I don't know whether if Doodle or Brother is the one going against fate/society.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 13, 2008 at 8:14 AM (Answer #1)

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Man vs. Man - Brother vs Doodle  Brother wanted a healthy little brother to play with, not the handicapped Doodle.

Man vs. Himself - Brother struggles with himself, especially at the end when he is stricken with grief over his brother's death.

Man vs. Nature - The Scarlet Ibis dies and only Doodle cares enough to want to bury it. 

Man vs. Fate - Doodle is born handicapped, not by choice but by a stroke of fate.

Man vs. Fate - Mother and Father expect Doodle to die soon after birth, but he defies this fate and lives.

Man vs. Society - Doodle competes for his brother's attention.  He wants to be accepted by Brother, who represents the normal children in society, so therefore to be accepted, he will follow his older Brother, even to his death.  Doodle is powerless at the end, because the demands of society, or Brother, are too great, he expects him to be normal, and he is not.

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