What are the similarities between the bird and Doodle in "The Scarlet Ibis"?

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Doodle and the Scarlet Ibis are similar in that both are rare and fragile beings.  Beautiful in their own way, yet oddly different and unusual.  The Ibis is red and in the end Doodle is left in a twisted pose similar to the Ibis and he, too, is red with blood.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The bird and Doodie are both different.
They are both rare.
They are both out of place, and fighting environments that are hostile to them.
They both die.
Both are red (the bird is red; Doodie bleeds).
Doodie "floats" above the expectations of others as the bird flies over head.

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kandi125 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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The similarities between the bird and Doodle in "The Scarlet Ibis":

1. They are out of place. Both of them find themselves in environments which they are not adapted to live in. The bird is lost; Doodle's backyard is not the bird's typical habitat. Doodle, however, does not seem to belong in the world around him because he is mentally and physically impaired.

2. They are small. The bird and Doodle are fragile and small in size.

"His little legs, bent sharply at the knees, had never before seemed so fragile, so thin.” -- sited form weebly's quotes

3. They had trouble with movement. The bird had problems with flying while Doodle had trouble with walking.

4. They die on the same day and died in a similar manner. Both died in the wild under a tree. Doodle looked crippled similar to the bird in death, his neck was twisted and he bleed from the mouth. 

5. They shared the colour red. The bird's feathers were scarlet red and Doodle body was described by Hurst as red, meaning covered in blood.

“He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red." -- sited form weebly's quotes