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The Scarlet Ibis

In Hurst's short story "The Scarlet Ibis," the ibis is a very powerful symbol: it represents the main character, Doodle, as well as all emotionally and physically fragile and sensitive beings,...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2021 11:19 am UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis" is filled with rich imagery and figurative language. One of the best similes found therein reads as follows: They named him William Armstrong, which was like tying...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 9:14 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

"The Scarlet Ibis" is a 1960 short story written by American author James Hurst. It tells the story of two brothers—one who was born with a medical condition and one who was determined to help him...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2020 12:11 pm UTC

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In addition to the well-explained examples the previous educator noted, I would like to add the following: The storm: At the end of the story, the narrator is frustrated with his brother, who he...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 12:57 am UTC

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The narrator acknowledges that he wasn't always kind to his younger brother, and once when he is forced to allow Doodle to tag along with him, he shows Doodle the casket that has already been made...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 12:27 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

One way that Doodle and the ibis are similar is that they both meet their tragic fates alone. Despite the time he spends helping his brother learn to walk and prepare for school, the narrator...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2021 7:12 pm UTC

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A simile is a comparison using the words "like" or "as." Hurst uses many of these in "The Scarlet Ibis." A few of them are listed below. The very young Doodle, struggling for mobility, would...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 11:33 am UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

In "The Scarlet Ibis," the narrator learns that he is dishonorable in his effort to teach Doodle to walk and run. He teaches Doodle to walk and run because he is embarrassed to have a handicapped...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2012 4:23 am UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

"The Scarlet Ibis" is the story of two brothers, one, the narrator, called Brother, and the younger of the two, Doodle. Doodle is born a very sickly child, whom no one expects to live,...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2007 11:12 am UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

The quote from "The Scarlet Ibis" speaks powerfully about the dangers of doing the right thing but for the wrong reason. In a society that might suggest that the end justifies the means, Brother's...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 4:20 pm UTC

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Here are some extra ideas as Doodle's death is foreshadowed throughout the entire story. In the beginning Aunt Nicey said of him "he would live because he was born in a caul and cauls were made...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010 1:33 am UTC

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At the end of the story, Doodle, the narrator's younger brother, collapses and dies. Brother, as the narrator is called, has been pushing Doodle to run, row, and swim like any other child, but...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 1:09 pm UTC

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Doodle died when his brother pushed him too far physically. When the narrator’s little brother is born, he is very disappointed. He wanted a brother who could run and jump and be normal, but...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 5:12 am UTC

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Metaphors compare unlike things without using the words "like" or "as," such as saying summer was dead or that the narrator had a knot of cruelty in him. A metaphor is a comparison between two...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2015 6:10 pm UTC

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Brother is narrating the events of this story, but he is narrating these events to his readers a long time after they have occurred. He's a grown man, and he is telling us his memories about...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018 10:36 pm UTC

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James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis" contains many different metaphors. We encounter this form of figurative language in the very first sentence, when Hurst writes: It was in the clove of seasons,...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016 11:26 pm UTC

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Brother is the narrator of James Hurst's short story "The Scarlet Ibis." One of the cruelties he shows to his brother, William Armstrong, better known as Doodle, is not accepting him for who he...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017 11:57 pm UTC

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I feel that the narrator's behavior at the end of the story is selfish, uncaring, and despicable in a sense, as well. He is not being his "brother's keeper", especially since his brother is...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2013 9:07 pm UTC

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I would argue that the first conflict exists within the narrator, between his frustration with his brother and the love he feels for him. The second conflict is between the two brothers, with the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020 10:48 am UTC

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This quote from "The Scarlet Ibis," is an example of metaphor because it makes a comparison between two things that are not the same. In this case, Brother compares his pride to a seed. In...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2017 8:35 am UTC

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In the opening paragraph, Brother (the narrator) is recalling the landscape around his house during the time just before the ibis arrived. He notes the "graveyard flowers" whispering names of the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013 2:19 am UTC

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While I do agree that Doodle's dies from a physical problem, I believe it isn't stated specifically because it is not really important. If it was, Hurst would have been careful to make it clear...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007 10:21 am UTC

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It is Brother's pride that causes him to leave Doodle in the rain in James Hurst's short story, "The Scarlet Ibis." The narrator, known as Brother, had concocted a grueling training program for...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2016 3:34 am UTC

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Doodle is portrayed as a persistent, determined boy who follows his brother's instructions and rigorous training sessions. Although Doodle is physically handicapped and would rather enjoy the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020 2:55 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

Throughout the short story "The Scarlet Ibis," James Hurst's use of imagery and symbolism is strong. He uses the flora and fauna of the setting to create symbolism, and he symbolizes pride as a...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 1:10 am UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

James Hurst's 1960 short story, "The Scarlet Ibis," is rich with imagery. Imagery is a literary device in which the author uses figurative language and word choice to create word pictures that...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016 8:05 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

In James Hurst's short story "The Scarlet Ibis," the bird's death foreshadows Doodle's death, and there are many parallels in the way that each of them dies. The Scarlet Ibis was an exotic bird...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 5:13 am UTC

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"The Scarlet Ibis" is fairly thick with foreshadowing in my opinion. The future event that is being foreshadowed is Doodle's death, and the third paragraph of the story is already filled with...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019 2:50 pm UTC

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The story opens with the narrator telling his readers that he was six years old when his brother, Doodle, was born. We are told that Doodle was a disappointment from the very beginning because he...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 12:57 am UTC

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One could say that the narrator learns many significant lessons from his brother such as perseverance, faith, and unconditional love. He also learned about the vast spectrum of human emotions from...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2009 3:26 am UTC

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There are several examples of death imagery in James Hurst's short story "The Scarlet Ibis" about two brothers growing up in North Carolina in the first part of the 20th century. The very first...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 3:56 pm UTC

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The narrator/brother teaches Doodle to walk because Doodle will soon start school, and he is afraid that Doodle will embarrass him terribly there. On the day that Doodle demonstrates his...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2015 4:36 pm UTC

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The use of red in this story is interesting, because red can be a color of polar opposites. Valentine's Day and all of its redness is symbolic of love, yet red is also the color that animators...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018 11:56 pm UTC

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Imagine a parent saying, "I'm punishing you because I love you." We hear statements like this throughout our lives. People often push people out of what they claim is love. However, motives must...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2016 12:31 am UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

"The Scarlet Ibis" is one of my favorite short stories and the only one of author James Hurst's literary works to gain notoriety. There are elements of the story that were from the author's own...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 3:16 am UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

The short story "The Scarlet Ibis" is full of ironies, both large and small. For instance, Doodle's true name, William Armstrong, is ironic, as it denotes strength when Doodle is actually...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2021 6:05 pm UTC

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The Scarlet Ibis

In James Hurst's short story entitled "The Scarlet Ibis," the narrator (known to readers only as Brother) chronicles the relationship he had with his younger brother until his accidental death. It...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2017 4:07 am UTC

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In the story, Doodle's lies are a manifestation of his desire to have control over his life. Essentially, his lies constitute the vehicle with which he can transcend his disabilities. In Doodle's...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 2:37 pm UTC

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The final summer of Doodle's life he and his brother were working on making Doodle as "normal" as possible. Doodle's brother forced Doodle to physically push his little broken body to the...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2008 9:38 pm UTC

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From the description of Doodle as being "all head," he might have been born with a birth defect called hydrocephaly. Normally, spinal fluid is produced inside the brain to cushion and...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2008 12:58 pm UTC

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Alliteration is when two or more words in a sentence start with the same consonant letter. Authors use this device to help a sentence flow rhythmically. At other times, authors may use alliteration...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 5:23 pm UTC

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The main conflict of "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst is Brother's inability to deal with Doodle's disabilities: his concern more for himself than Doodle. When Doodle is born, Brother considers...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011 2:14 pm UTC

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Hurst begins his story with some evocative language. People often remark on his "clove of seasons" opening line, but in fact there is a kind of poetry in these first few descriptive paragraphs that...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2017 11:55 am UTC

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The full sentence in which we find this phrase is the very first of the story: “It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 5:21 pm UTC

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"The Scarlet Ibis" is not one of those stories that has an obvious setting; however, there is overt reference to the setting throughout the story. In particular, the story occurs in and...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2007 7:47 am UTC

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In addition to Hurst's message about the destructive nature of excessive pride, "The Scarlet Ibis" also suggests that people who are different or unusual should be appreciated, even celebrated, for...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2017 10:14 pm UTC

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There is an obvious comparison between the scarlet ibis and Doodle. The scarlet ibis is an exotic bird. The father concludes that a storm must have brought the ibis from the south to their area....

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012 8:33 pm UTC

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As “The Scarlet Ibis” opens, Jame Hurst uses the colors purple and silver which symbolize bereavement and gloom. Brother, who narrates the story, is remembering his younger sibling who passed away....

Latest answer posted January 2, 2016 8:45 pm UTC

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The author uses figurative language to characterize Doodle. Figurative language is non-literal description. That means it does not describe something as it is, but in comparison to something else....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 10:24 pm UTC

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An established symbol is one that is universally known or common. Readers would understand what the symbol means because it probably has been used repeatedly in literature. For example, the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2015 1:14 am UTC

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