“The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst was set in the south from around 1915 to 1918. The people of this rural area would have been used to the privations that accompanied war, as this story takes place near the end of World War I. There is even a reference in the story to an area individual who had been in the war. Consequently, the idea of being strong would have been uppermost in many people’s minds. This could explain in part, why Doodle’s brother was so adamant about teaching him to be normal so that he would not be an embarrassment.