Essay on The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst a young boy is born with an oversized head on a tiny body and is predicted to die within the first few months of life. Once he survives, his older brother makes it his goal to teach him how to walk, swim and many other normal humanly things so he would no longer have to be embarrassed of him. Throughout the story there are multiple techniques that Hurst uses in order to help the reader predict the outcome of the story. In The Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst uses religious allusion, traditional foreshadowing, and symbolism to foreshadow the end.
The author of The Scarlet Ibis James Hurst was born on January 1 in the year of 1922. He was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Hurst then went on to attend Booker T. Washington High school in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating, he went on to study chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. Hurst’s career decision took a dramatic turn after he fought in World War 2. He wanted to become an Opera singer. In order for him to fulfill this dream, he went on to study at Julliard in both New York and Italy. Three years after Hurst began this career, he decided that he did not have what it took to be an amazing opera singer. He began his profession as a banker in New York, which lasted him 34 years. In James Hurst spare time he wrote many short stories and plays, but only The Scarlet Ibis ended up being published. In the end Hurst died at the age of 91 in the town where he was…

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