illustration of a scarlet ibis cradling a boy's body

The Scarlet Ibis

by James Hurst
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From whose point of view is "The Scarlet Ibis" told?

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"The Scarlet Ibis" is a beautiful story told in the first person by Brother.  He is looking back in time to a point in his youth when he saw a beautiful Scarlet Ibis.  The amazing thing is that the bird is not from this geographical region so no one has ever seen one there before.  Brother relates the story of the Ibis in connection with Doodle, the younger and disabled brother.  Doodle is pushed in a cart by Brother and eventually Brother teaches Doddle to walk, run, and be as normal as he can be.  Brother knows he is still not ready to do everything he needs to do and he continues to force Doodle to try to acheive things he is not capable of.  Brother tells the reader of the death of the ibis and draws the connection to the death of Doodle.

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