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What is the theme of the "The Scarlet Ibis?"

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daimortal | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 31, 2008 at 1:58 AM via web

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What is the theme of the "The Scarlet Ibis?"

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morganthemorgan | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM (Answer #2)

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its definitely pride.

nothing more to it.

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omarforever | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:00 AM (Answer #3)

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well ithink this is the answer for your qusetion .

 

A theme is a specific statment that branches off the subject and is supported through the story.  In order to find one theme, I can ask myself what statement the story makes about selfishness.  Based on the story, I can say that selfish people do not always pay for their selfishness, but others do. The narrator was not hurt (physically) because of his selfishness, but Doodle died because of it.

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starz2 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM (Answer #4)

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The theme of this sory is acceptence. The brother couldn't accept having a disables brother(Doodle).

 

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naio | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM (Answer #5)

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The theme can be that sometimes pride can reason in life or death.

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tory1296 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM (Answer #6)

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The theme is that the brother had too much pride in teaching Doodle to walk, run etc. and he couldn't just accept the fact that Doodle wasn't physically or mentally strong enough to do all that.

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lolodancer | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:18 AM (Answer #7)

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How about this-too much pride can make us treat those we love in cruel ways.

 

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samueltan95 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM (Answer #8)

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Pride

Brotherhood of man

Love

Death

Discrmination

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lollapalooza | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 25, 2012 at 4:18 AM (Answer #9)

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if you ahve a bad bro, u keel him with a burd

 

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 17, 2013 at 6:59 AM (Answer #10)

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It is that do not push yours or others lives beyond boundaries, if you succeed but die, all is empty and wasted.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:38 PM (Answer #11)

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Pride is a major theme in this story, "The Scarlet Ibis" because pride is linked with shame and embarrassment over his little brother Doodle, who has a disability. Pride is harmful. The narrator was so ashamed to have a brother like that, he even decides to kill the baby by smothering him with a pillow. He stop and sees Doodle smile and realizes that he is smart. The narrator is sometimes mean to Doodle. He showed Doodle the coffin threatening him to leave him there. Doodle begs his brother to never abandon him. The Brother was embarrassed that Doodle still couldn't walk so he sets out to teach him. On Doodle's 6th birthday, doodle surprises the family by walking. Brother decides to teach him to be athletic like him. Doddle shows signs of weaknesses. They find a scarlet ibis in their yard. Doodle is sad and he buries it. Later on the brother makes Doodle row the boat. Doodle is exhausted. A storm approaches and doodle and his brother run home. The brother runs ahead of him and when his anger calm, he runs back to find Doodle curled up. Doodle was bleeding from his mouth. The scarlet Ibis symbolizes him. The Brother is cruel, his pride took over him.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted April 30, 2014 at 3:38 AM (Answer #12)

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It is about loving people for who they are, not having too much pride, and looking on the inside instead of the outside 

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