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Copy of The Scarlet Ibis

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Transcript of Copy of The Scarlet Ibis

by James Hurst
By Mrs. Burnett
Adapted from two different prezi presentations posted by: Chanelle Arias and Sloan Stephens

Character Descriptions
The story takes place at a farm family's house near the Old Woman Swamp where the boys spend many happy days.

James Hurst, uses this setting to create a peaceful mood to contrast the sad ending.
The story is told through Doodle's brother's point-of-view. It is in first person.
Point of View
How+What+So What=Analysis
Careful thinking about this story will tell you that its theme has something to do with the effects of pride. The narrator says that "pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two wines, life and death."
How does this statement relate to the events of the story?

Do you agree that pride can be both destructive and fruitful?

Do you think the brother's pride is entirely responsible for Doodle's death?

The Scarlet Ibis
Doodle's brother holds Doodle and cries inconsolably. Doodle is not breathing and passes away. Doodle's brother feels that the death is entirely his fault.
Falling Action
This story was written in first person
You can tell because it is written in first person because the author uses person pronouns such as "I" to tell the story.
Point of View
Reading Check Questions
Multiple Choice
1. Who is the protagonist in this story?
a. Doodle's brother
b. Doodle
c. Aunt Nicey
d. The Scarlet Ibis
Direct Characterization
"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"
In this quote, Doodle's brother directly talks about how he is ashamed of having a crippled brother and how selfish he is.
Indirect Characterization
"Doodle was my brother, and he was going to cling to me forever, no matter what I did ..." (page 317)
In this quote, you can tell that Doodle is very dependent on others by what his brother says of him.
""I'm not hungry," said Doodle, and he knelt down beside the ibis. ... "I'm going to bury him.""
In this quote, you can see that Doodle is a very caring and compassionate person from his actions.
Internal Conflict
Doodle's brother loves Doodle but at the same time, he is ashamed of Doodle's disability. The internal conflict is that he does not know what to do with Doodle because of his conflicting emotions
External Conflict
Doodle's disablilty causes strain in the family. When he was first born, most people though he would die, and this caused tension between those who did not think he would die (mostly Aunt Nicey) and the ones who did.
The End
Why was William Armstrong renamed Doodle?
a. he liked to draw
b. he looked like a doodlebug when he crawled
c. he picked it himself
d. Doodle was his father's middle name
What is the setting of the story?
a. in New York City
b. in China
c. in the country
d. in the Middle East
True or False
Doodle's brother has conflicting emotions about Doodle.
Doodle was born healthy, but got sick and that is what caused his problems.
We are told Doodle's brother's name
Bonus Question
Who is the narrator of this story?
a. Doodle
b. The Scarlet Ibis
c. Doodle's brother
d. Aunt Nicey
When there is a hint of things to come what is that called?
a. simile
b. foreshadow
c. metaphor
d. exposition
The scarlet ibis is the antagonist in the story.
Doodle's father taught him to walk
The scarlet ibis is a symbol for Doodle.
Literary Devices

"Summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born"

"The last graveyard flowers were blooming. . .speaking softly the names of our dead."

"Don't leave me. Don't leave me"

(178 and 185)

"It's so clam, I wouldn't be surprised if we had a storm this afternoon."


"a storm must have brought it here. . .how many miles it have traveled to die like this "


"Dead birds is bad luck. . .specially red dead birds "


"They names him William Armstrong , which was like tying a big tail on a small kite"


"Crawling backward made him look like a doodle-bug"


"Even death did not mar its grace, for it lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers "


The Scarlet Ibis is a major symbol in the story. It represents Doodle and his life. The bird traveled a long distance to die. This was similar to how Doodle surpassed everyone's expectations of him, only to pass away.
Example of Symbolism

"For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain"
Plot Line
Exposition: The brother flashes back to when his brother was born
Rising Action:

The narrator's brother is physically disabled and expected to die.

He lives and is given the nickname Doodle.
The narrator teaches Doodle to walk.

A scarlet ibis dies in their yeard.

The older brother runs ahead of Doodle in a sotrm
Climax: Doodle doesn't catch up to his brother
Falling Action: The brother finds Doodle dead.
Resolution: Brother cries over Doodle and feels regret and pain (related to pride?)

James Hurst uses similes and personification and a unique style of writing (HOW) to create a peaceful and sometimes joyful atmosphere that ends in sorrow. (WHAT) He does this to show that selfishness blinds our judgement and hurts everyone including ourselves. (SO WHAT)
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