What are some similes in "The Scarlet Ibis"?

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price7781 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many of figures of speech like similes and metaphors in "The Scarlet Ibis."  Here is a list of some of them.  I've bolded the similes, but have also included metaphors used by Hurst in the story.

  • "It was in the clove of seasons . . ." (metaphor)
  •  ". . . the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle."
  • "They named him William Armstrong, which is like tying a big tail on a small kite."
  • "Crawling backward made him look like a doodlebug."
  • "I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death. (metaphor)
  • . . . the peacock spread his magnificent tail, enfolding the boy gently like a closing go-to-sleep flower."
  • "Promise hung about us like the leaves . . ."
  • "Even death did not mar its grace, for it lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers."

I hope this helps!  Hurst's imagery in "The Scarlet Ibis" shows his wonderful ability to paint a picture for the reader by using figures of speech like similes and metaphors.