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Transcript of Explanatory Project
“The Scarlet Ibis" evolves
from a prideful, selfish
young boy to a remorseful man,
who sees that his early
feelings of self-importance
and shame of his brother’s
handicap have cost
him his only sibling. The narrator is able to convey a
guilty tone by using words like
cry, ashamed, slave, pride, and crippled.
These words help show how the
narrator is ashamed of allowing
pride to control him. Commentary 1 Picture #1 Unit 2 Final Product:
Explanatory Project By Leah Thomas “Doodle told them it was I who had taught him to walk, so everyone wanted to hug me, and I began to cry.
‘What are you crying for?’ asked Daddy, but I couldn’t answer. 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” Topic Sentence 1 The use of the word cry shows the narrator is upset or sad, because he helped Doodle walk for all the wrong reasons.
The use of the word ashamed shows the narrator was ashamed shows the narrator was embarrassed of having and being seen with his brother, Doodle.
The use of the word crippled shows that Doodle is unable to walk. For that the narrator doesn't want people to know that his brother was handicapped and he was ashamed.
Thesis Statement Picture # 2 Picture # 3 Image Commentary 1 Picture # 1: Shows a dead rose next to the same kind of living rose. The living rose represents the narrator and the dead rose represents Doodle. The dead rose is weaker than the living rose, just like Doodle is weaker than the narrator. They are the same kind of rose because it represents that they are brothers and one died and one didn't.
Picture # 2: Shows one pen surrounded by ten pencils. The one pen represents Doodle. The ten pencils represent everyone around Doodle. Representing Doodle as the one pen instead of one of the many pencils shows that Doodle is different. Doodle is different because he is handicapped and unable to walk. The pencils represent everyone around him because they are all the same and Doodle is the only different one.
Picture # 3: Shows a dog with a paper bag over its head. The dog represents the narrator. The dog has a paper bag over its head because the dog is ashamed. In the same way the narrator is ashamed for allowing his pride to control him. The narrator teaches Doodle to walk because he is ashamed of having a crippled brother. Textual Support 2 It seemed so hopeless from the beginning that it's a miracle I didn't give up.
But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle had become mine.
I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death. Topic Sentence The narrator is able to convey a
hopeful tone by using certain word choices such as miracle, seemed hopeless, proud, pride, wonderful, life, and seed. These words show that the narrator went
from having no hope to hope. The word miracle means a surprising and extraordinary event. The use of this word miracle shows that the narrator is happy that he taught Doodle to walk and he no longer had to be embarrassed of him.
The word seed means capable of developing another such plant. The use of the word seed implies a new beginning. The narrator might have a new relation with Doodle now that he taught him walk. Doodle has a new life being able to walk
The word proud is to show pride or an achievement. The use of this word shows how proud the narrator was of Doodle for walking. Commentary 2 Picture # 1 Picture # 2 Picture # 3 Images 2 Image Commentary 2 Picture # 1: Shows a mother bird pushing a baby bird to fly. Doodle represents the baby bird and the narrator is the mother bird. The narrator pushed Doodle to walk just like the mother bird pushed the baby bird to fly.
Picture # 2: Shows a man who climbed to the top of a mountain. This represents Doodle and how he didn't give up until he could walk just like the man kept climbing the mountain until he reached the top.
Picture # 3: Shows a mother with a newborn baby. The baby represents Doodle and mother represents the narrator. This picture shows how proud the mother was of her newborn just like the narrator was proud of Doodle. Conclusion Although the narrator has done some very unkind things to his little brother Doodle he still loves and appreciates him. The narrators pride cost him his brother's life instead his goal of a perfect brother.