The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst: A Significant Relationship Between Doodle and Ibis Through Foreshadowing and Imagery

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The Scarlet Ibis Have you ever felt a mysterious relationship with some element of nature? Many people experience this uncanny phenomenon. Similarly, there is a strange correlation between the character Doodle and a tropical bird. The thesis in the story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the author portrays a significant relationship between Doodle and an ibis through foreshadowing and imagery. From the first appearance of the ibis, one can tell that there is an instant connection between the bird and Doodle. When the ibis died, the narrator says, “Doodles hands were clasped around his throat, and I had never seen him stand still for so long.” Doodle felt very sad for this dead bird. He was very sympathetic for it. The author …show more content…
You know that something bad is going to happen to Doodle. Later, the story says, “…the tear blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar.” He was looking at Doodles dead body and crying. Doodles body was familiar to his brother. The reason the author said this is to say doodle was dead without blatantly telling us he was dead. He also wanted us to know brother was sad about Doodles death. This makes the reader feel bad for Doodle and brother. We feel bad for Doodle because it wasn’t his fault and we feel bad for his brother because we know he didn’t mean to cause Doodles death. Doodles death was inevitable. Finally, there is a grim and uncanny resemblance between Doodle and the Ibis in death. Hurst says, “…making his vermillion neck appear unusually long and slim.” Doodles neck was red from the cold rain and looked different than normal. His neck seemed longer because he wasn’t moving. The reason the author included this was to show how weak Doodle was. He wasn’t in good enough shape to run so fast. After reading you think that brother was extremely mean for causing his brother’s death. We feel that he did it on purpose. Then, the narrator says, “I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.” The narrator was protecting his brother’s body from the storm. He was feeling sorrow and regret. The writer wanted you to know that it wasn’t on purpose. He wanted readers to know that the brother

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