The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst

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Foreshadowing In The Scarlet Ibis

What are 15 examples of foreshadowing or irony in the short story, "The Scarlet Ibis"?

foreshadowing and irony

Give me some examples of foreshadowing or irony throughout THE SCARLET IBIS

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"The Scarlet Ibis" is a story by James Hurst. It is probably one of the saddest stories you will ever encounter. The story is filled with imagery that foreshadows the death of one of its characters, a small child named Doodle who is disabled.

Foreshadowing

  1. Doodle’s fascination with the scarlet ibis—he seems to identify with the dead bird.
  2. Aunt Nicey says that “Dead birds is bad luck” just before Doodle goes off with the narrator and dies.
  3. As Doodle and the narrator travel in the swamp toward Doodle’s death, “A rail is scolding.”
  4. “Black clouds gather” as Doodle nears his death.
  5. The summer that the narrator tries to train Doodle, to make him more normal, is “blighted.”
  6. “Crops died under a thirsty sun.”
  7. When training Doodle, he purposely walks too fast. Doodle cannot keep up, and his face turns red, foreshadowing the blood that will later appear on his face. 
  8. “Bay flowers hung everywhere like a mournful song” in Old Woman Swamp, where the narrator begins to teach Doodle...

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