Essay on The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst tells a story of two brothers, Brother and Doodle. Brother is narrating the tale from an adult perspective. Doodle’s life is very difficult, everyone thought he was going to perish; he pulled through because of love with a small twist of wickedness. Furthermore, Brother only wants to help Doodle to correspond with other children because he wants to avoid embarrassment of having a younger brother who cannot walk, this is only a battle with his self worth. As the narrative continues, Hurst utilizes three symbols to show the complexity of sibling relationships. The first symbol is the application of seasons. The story begins talking about seasons in this quotation, “It was in the clove of the seasons, summer was dead, but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit on the bleeding tree.” This quote can be translated easily to say, “Doodle died after the ibis died.” But that is surely no way to commence a story. The narrator decides to call for a secretive approach. The segment in between seasons is a clove. This is really ironic that Doodle’s death is in the clove. Not saying that the clove is a very dangerous place. Ever heard the idiom, “Slip through the crack?” If someone is being neglected or ignored, that is said to have slipped through the crack. This is happening to Doodle, he is slipping into the clove of love and hate. He is being neglected on many accounts by brother. Although brother is trying to prevent him from being neglected,…

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