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The scarlet ibis represents in more ways than one. The scarlet ibis is small and fragile like Doodle, but more importantly the scarlet ibis is out of place in their yard. The scarlet ibis is not indigenous to Doodle's neighborhood, it's as if the bird is lost. Doodle was out of place in his world too because he was different, small, fragile, mentally and physically impaired. When Doodle dies, his brother stands over his body crying and the thought occurs to him that Doodle looks a lot like the scarlet ibis did in death. His neck is twisted like the ibis and he has blood trickling from the corner of his mouth (the ibis was scarlet, a deep shade of red perhaps even dark like blood).
Posted by clane on February 13, 2008 at 11:44 AM (Answer #1)
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Doodle and the bird have many things in common. They have the physical weaknesses such as thin legs. The bird has exhausted itself to death to get where it is. Doodle will soon exhaust himself to death by overexerting himself in the rainstorm. They both exist in a world in which they cannot survive. The bird is indigenous to the tropics and does not belong where he is, and Doodle cannot live up to his brother's standards of what a brother should be. The death of Doodle and the ibis have some similarities. They both die due partially to a storm. They both are red after death. The bird is already red, and Doodle bleeds profusely until his shirt is covered with blood. Both die under a red plant. For all these reasons, the ibis acts as a symbol for Doodle.
Posted by tsweem on March 3, 2008 at 2:46 AM (Answer #2)
because they are both fragile
and the ibis dies at the end and
then doodle dies after to
Posted by sami827 on October 17, 2008 at 1:17 AM (Answer #3)
The scarlet ibis symbolizes death. The death of Doodle.
Posted by birdlover on August 30, 2009 at 7:03 AM (Answer #4)
The Scarlet Ibis represents Doodle because the Ibis is sent to Doodles house just to die and Doodle and his family don't know what the bird is doing there so they just leave it alone and Doodle says that he wants to bury the Ibis so him and Brother go to bury the Ibis but Brother is going to help Doodle to learn how to swim so he can be like the other boys when he goes to school so they wont pick on him so he take Doodle to the Swamp for lessons and a storm is coming and it's raining and Brother took off and left Doodle behind when the thundering stops Brother hears Doodle saying Brother!Brother! don't leave me! don't leave me! and from anger Brother runs faster so that he doesn't have to hear Doodle anymore so when Doodle is no longer heard Brother stops and waits for Doodle to catch up but Doodle didn't come and when he doesn't come Brother goes back to see what is going on he finds Doodle curled up Brother says okay Doodle we can go now but Doodle doesn't respond and he flips Doodle over and blood is coming out the side of his mouth and Brother notices that Doodle is dead so he sits there and holds him and cries
Posted by peonia on March 4, 2010 at 5:42 AM (Answer #5)
it is like doodle how becouse the bird came form a long way and so has doodle the bird dies and so does doodle
Posted by sk8ermann88 on November 7, 2011 at 8:31 AM (Answer #6)
both die in same way
Posted by pasor on December 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM (Answer #7)
In "The Scarlet ibis" James Hurst includes one main symbol and many other supporting symbols. The main symbol in this story is the Scarlet Ibis, who represented Doodle. The Scarlet Ibis is the main symbol which represents Doodle because they both were described as exotic as if they were from an unfamiliar place. It's evident that the bird is indigenous to the tropics and does not belong where it is, and Doodle cannot live up to his brothers expectations to being a normal brother. Undoubtedly, the death of Doodle and the Scarlet Ibis have similarities.
Posted by whittany on January 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM (Answer #8)
and they both have someone morn them after their death. doodle morns the scarlet ibis and the brother morns doodle.
Posted by maxxie4 on September 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM (Answer #9)
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