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How does  forshadowing affect the short story of The Scarlet Ibis?

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ciarasanders | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 1, 2012 at 2:41 AM via web

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How does  forshadowing affect the short story of The Scarlet Ibis?

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vmoriarity | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 1, 2012 at 8:21 PM (Answer #1)

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The foreshadowing predicts Doodle's death and sets a depressing tone. Some examples of foreshadowing include the statement "pride is...a seed that bears two vines, life and death." Because of the narrator's pride, Doodle risks death. Also, the death of the scarlet ibis foreshadows Doodle's death. The bird's "wings were uncoordinated..." and it "tumbled down, bumping through the limbs of the bleeding tree." The images are similar to Doodle's awkard run during the storm. The ibis's "legs were crossed and its clawlike feet were delicately curved at rest." When the narrator finds Doodle under the red nightshade bush, he was "sitting on the ground, his face buried in his arms, which were resting on his drawn-up knees." This image is reminiscent of the bird's final position when it dies. Finally, Aunt Nicey's comment that "Dead birds is bad luck...specially red dead birds" clearly foreshadow the upcoming tragedy.


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