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"The Scarlet Ibis" - James Hurst

English 2B

Alexis Lapid

on 30 November 2012

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The Scarlet Ibis By: James Hurst Biography Born in 1922 on a farm by the sea in Jacksonville, North Carolina Youngest of three children of Andrew and Kate Hurst "He attended North Carolina State College and served in the United States Army for three years during World War II." He later became a student at the Julliard School of Music in New York hoping to become an opera singer. For further study, Hurst traveled to Rome, Italy where he lived for four years. "On his return to the United States, he soon decided that he lacked operatic talent and abandoned his musical ambitions." In 1951, Hurst began a career in the international department of Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. In his spare time during the first ten years of his career, he would write stories and plays. In 1960, ""The Scarlet Ibis" was his first story to appear in a national magazine. It was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in July 1960 and won the magazine's Atlantic First Award for fiction that year." "took a life of it's own" "Status of a classic" In 1984, Hurst retired and none of his other stories achieved similar recognition to that of "The Scarlet Ibis." Since the late 1960s, the "Scarlet Ibis" has been published in many high schools and college literature books. Claire Robinson David Remy Sheldon Goldfarb Criticism New Insights:

Claire Robinson - Daddy's actions of having a go-cart made for Doodle can symbolize his acceptance of Doodle's condition, but can also halt Doodle's possibility to change.

Sheldon Goldfarb - Even after years have passed, Doodle's brother still does not recognize Doodle's talents.

David Remy - Brother does not understand how much suffering he causes for his brother. Literary Devices "The five o'clocks by the chimney still marked time, but the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle." --Simile "The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softly the names of our dead." --Personification "...and the grass beneath us was soft and the smell of the swamp was sweet." --Imagery It is not enough just to identify the literary devices of a story because although it may give a deeper understanding, it also adds fluff rather than meaning. I think that in some cases, the literary devices unify the story because with literary devices you can easily make connections. I believe that literature does change the way we think because it causes us to question and make inferences. In literature, the answers are not always given to us, but instead allows us to decide and interpret it for ourselves. Sometimes, at first, literature shows what we see to be fact as actually just constructions or conventions, and at other times, it is just the opposite. "For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain." "Occasionally I too became discouraged because it didn't seem as if he was trying, and I would say, "Doodle, don't you want to earn to walk?" He'd nod his head, and I'd say, "Well, if you don't keep trying, you'll never learn."" "Every day that summer we went to the pine beside the stream of Old Woman Swamp, and I put him on his feet at least a hundred times each afternoon." In my opinion, I do not think that reading a plot is enough to understand a story of its true meaning because in order to understand a story, you must understand its author. An author's life story can give you a lot of incite on the books that they write because most of the time, within the stories contain clues of how the author's lifestyle was. In my opinion, I do not think that this short story is just for art's sake, but instead I believe that this short story has a purpose: to remind people that you don't realize something's worth until it's gone and to cherish it while you still have time. By reading "The Scarlet Ibis" I have learned that sometimes people lack integrity when their own pride overcomes them...
By: Alexis Lapid "The family's expectations of him fit into a small wooden box." "Only by comparing Doodle to the ibis does Brother seem to suggest that Doodle was at all special. More typically, Brother refers to Doodle as crazy, though he does say Doodle was not "a crazy crazy," just "a nice crazy, like someone you meet in your dreams." This last comment indicates that there may have been something magical about Doodle, but mostly what Brother seems to express is his quilt over forcing Doodle to do things that were beyond him. Brother seems unaware that there was something that Doodle could not do that was beyond the others." "Brother is able to control his cruelty only because his pride- and the adulation that he seeks from adults- needs reinforcement. This need for reinforcement and a narcissistic love temper Brother's actions.." "I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." "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." ...even when they know what they are doing is wrong.
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