The Scarlet Ibis

Pre-ap English 1: Savanna D, Jenna S, Josie S, Bobby S


The main tone of the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" is hopelessness, melancholy and mournful. Brother was an arrogant teenager who was helping his crippled little brother, Doodle learn to walk for his own benefit. After months of working with Doodle his heart eventually gave out and he passed away. Brother was grieving and felt solely responsible for the death of his little brother.

"Doodle was the craziest little brother a boy ever had."


One example of imagery in The Scarlet Ibis is in the second sentence of the short story. "The flower garden was strained with rotting brown magnolia petals and iron weeds grew rank amid the purple phlox." This quote paints a detailed picture in the readers mind of exactly what the scenery would look like.


An amazing example, and quite a blunt one too, is the very last sentence in the story. "For a very long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain." this is showing symbolism because the narrator[Doodle's brother] is saying that doodle is like the scarlet ibis because he was wounded and not in a good place. Doodles brother shelters Doodle the same way doodle sheltered and cared for the ibis after it's death.