In "The Scarlet Ibis," how does the little boy tell his parents about Doodle's death?
This question must be left to our imaginations since the story does not include this information. The story is told in what is called the retrospective point of view by the narrator, Doodle's big brother. As the story opens, we hear the voice of the narrator as an adult looking back on the events that led to Doodle's death. He begins his story with Doodle's birth and ends it when Doodle dies during the storm after the narrator has run away from him. The final scene in the story shows the narrator's heartbreak as he realizes his little brother has died.
One strength of the retrospective point of view is that the narrator can look back on events and speak of them with understanding. The adult narrator in "The Scarlet Ibis" understands how and why he contributed to Doodle's death, although at the time he did not recognize his own pride and selfishness. At that time, he was only a child himself.