The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst

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What are the similiarities and differences between Doodle and the ibis in "The Scarlet Ibis"?

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I think a good a place to start comparing and contrasting the scarlet ibis and Doodle is their physical abilities. Both Doodle and the scarlet ibis are physically limited. We are told that the family sees that something just isn't quite right about how the bird is moving in the tree.

At that moment the bird began to flutter, but the wings were uncoordinated, and amid much flapping and a spray of flying feathers . . .

The bird appears to be uncoordinated in its movements, and the description of its movements and death is quite sad. Soon after, Doodle attempts to bury the bird, and his movements are also described as awkward.

Now we were watching him through the front window, but he didn't know it. His awkwardness at digging the hole with...

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