The Scarlet Ibis

Author James Hurst Presented by Melissa A Tinoco-Carbajal


The main idea or message.

quote-"They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices; and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother " pg.319

The pride the brother had because he was ashamed, that doodle couldn't do certain things that the brother wanted him to do, he just wanted a normal brother and the brother just kept pushing Doodle to the things he wanted.


ordinary object, event , person or animal extraordinary meaning and significance

quote-" 'It's a scarlet ibis" "it lives in the tropic - south America to Florida a storm must have brought it here."' Dead bird is bad luck" "especially red dead birds!" pg.322

The bird represented Doodle, because both were sickly ill, and Doodle passed away just like the Scarlet ibis, and that he wasn't suppose to be living the way in how he was living. The scarlet ibis wasn't in where he was suppose to be, and Doodle's brother told him that Doodle wasn't suppose to live.

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Related to your five senses, author way of making the story seem more real.

Quote-"Doodle was my brother , and he was going to cling to me forever, no matter what I did, so i dragged him across the burning cotton field to share with him the only beauty i knew, ,Old Women Swamp. I pulled the go-cart through the sawtooth fern down into the Green dimness where the palmetto fronds whispered by the stream. I lift him out and set him down in the soft rubber grass beside a tall pine. " pg.318

This was the first time Doodle found out about the Old Women Swamp, because he stayed in the house and didn't really go outside nor out his room , till he began to crawl, and his father built a go-cart. Doodle was impressed by the new things he began to see , since he didn't get a chance to experience a lot because of his conditions.

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state of mind or feelings.

Quote-"For a long, long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain. pg.323

This story made you feel angry and sad, because he is crying guilt because of doodles death cause it was the main characters fault.

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