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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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Foreshadowing is a literary technique that provides hints about what will happen later in the story. Since this is a tragic tale of two brothers, much of the foreshadowing hints of the tragedy that will come, creating a tense and dark mood. Consider how the following examples point to the eventual death of Doodle:

  1. "Summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born..." If summer is over but autumn hasn't started, what season is it? This logically doesn't make sense—it's in a strange limbo period, just like Doodle's life.
  2. "The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softly the names of our dead." Graveyards and death imply from the first paragraph that this will be a story of "our dead."
  3. "Everybody thought he was going to die...But he didn’t die, and when he was three months old, Mama and Daddy decided they might as well name him." The fact that Doodle's health is so precarious that his own parents don't...

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