The Scarlet Ibis Questions and Answers
Like Doodle, the scarlet ibis is described as being uncoordinated, delicate, and unique. How might the death of the ibis foreshadow the story's ending?
What are three traits for Doodle in "The Scarlet Ibis"? What are three traits for his brother? What are examples for each trait?
What does Doodle lie about in "The Scarlet Ibis," and what does he picture his perfect future to be?
"I did not know then that pride was a wonderful thing, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." What does this quote mean?
"They named him William Armstrong which was like tying a big tail on a small kite." What is the meaning of this quote from "The Scarlet Ibis"? Figurative language or simile?
How do you feel about the narrator's behavior at the end of the story? Is he responsible for Doodle's death? Is his emotion at the very end sorrow, guilt, or something else?
In "The Scarlet Ibis," what lessons does the narrator learn from Doodle, and why is he telling this story?
In "The Scarlet Ibis," what does the brother mean when he says, "Within me there is a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love"?
How does Doodle respond to the scarlet ibis and its death? What does this reveal about his character?
In "The Scarlet Ibis," after Doodle has learned to walk, what does his brother try to teach him in order to prepare him for school?
Why do you think Hurst wrote "The Scarlet Ibis"? That is, what larger message was he trying to convey?
Why does the narrator teach Doodle to walk, and why does he cry when his family congratulates him for his effort?
In "The Scarlet Ibis," what is the narrator alluding to by saying, "It was too late, for we had both wandered too far into a net of expectations and had left no crumbs behind"?
What does Hurst mean by this sentence? "There is within me (and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction, and at times I was mean to Doodle."
In "The Scarlet Ibis," what are the two types of figurative language in the sentence, "I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death"?
"I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death" contains what figure of speech?
What do the colors blue, red, green, gold, and white represent, and how are they used in "The Scarlet Ibis"?
In "The Scarlet Ibis," do you think the narrator make any discovery at the story's end as he cradles his brother's body?
In "The Scarlet Ibis," what initiation/rite of passage did the main character, Doodle's brother, go through?
In "The Scarlet Ibis," what is Hurst suggesting about how conflict and conformity affect the outcome of the story?
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