Image is the most important element of style in "The Scarlet Ibis." For example, to depict the summer of drought and misfortune Hurst portrays the withered crops shriveling under the blistering gaze of the thirsty sun. The hurricane is likened to a bloodthirsty "hawk at the entrails of a chicken," which creates a picture of ruin and destruction in the mind of the reader. Also, Old woman Swamp and the happy times the boys spent there are described in vivid, glowing terms. The honeysuckle and water lilies are woven into wreaths and crowns, which transform the boys into youthful kings of this glorious, luxurious paradise "beyond the reach of the everyday world." "The slanted rays of the sun burn orange in the pines" produces in the reader's mind a brilliant image of peace, beauty, and happiness.