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Unit 2 Explanatory Project: "The Scarlet Ibis"

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Emily Zhang

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Transcript of Unit 2 Explanatory Project: "The Scarlet Ibis"

70% "The Scarlet Ibis" 70% of our planet is covered in water. By Emily Zhang
and Brhea Scales In James Hurst's short story, "The Scarlet Ibis", the narrator (Brother) evolves from his selfish thoughts of wanting to change Doodle into a sibling he wishes for, into an older brother who realizes that he loves his little brother very much after Doodle passed away. Thesis Topic Sentence 1 Topic Sentence 2 Reef: http://www.noaa.gov/features/monitoring_1008/images/permitreef.jpg

Lake: http://mywidescreenwallpapers.com/lake-effects-widescreen-wallpaper-6410/

Desert: http://humanandnatural.com/img4074.search.htm Image Credits: The narrator tells his flashback in 1st person and lets the audience interpret Brother's diction-"all of us must have something or someone to be proud of" and "pride is a wonderful, terrible thing"-and an almost greedy but determined tone, which shows how Brother changes from thinking low of Doodle to a strong desire of teaching Doodle how to walk because of pride. At first Brother was going to smother Doodle with a pillow
He was ashamed and embarrassed of a crippled brother who can't walk
He wants to change Doodle into a little brother he can be proud of
Teaches Doodle how to walk, not for the sake of Doodle, just for Brother's wants
His pride is a selfish 70% 70% of our planet is covered in water. Brothers tears tie in his emotional connection to his sadness.
The use of "tear-blurred vision," supports how he was astounded, very shocked about Doodle's death.
When Brother was screaming above the pounding storm almost makes it seem as if he was made at the world for taking Doodle.
Brother took Doodle under his wing trying to make him normal, bringing them closer.
Denied the death of his brother.
Brothers overall reaction to the death showed that there was love in their relationship and Doodle was a huge piece of character in his life. Play the music at the same time and enjoy. I picked the piano song "Kiss the Rain" because of its tune. Like Doodle, the tune is sweet and innocent, yet a bit sad, like the short story and sometimes love. I chose to play the sound of rain and thunder with the piano song to emphasize the storm at the end, when Brother leaves Doodle behind a wall of rain. A lake with trees and storm clouds rolling in is used as on of the backgrounds because before Doodle's death, Brother and him were in floating on a small boat down the creek. A rain storm with thunder and lightning was brewing. The other background image is the desert. How does this relate the short story at all? Well, deserts are dry and hot, with little water. It is impossible to change a desert into an ocean of salt water, like how it is hard to change Doodle into someone else. "...sheltering my fallen ibis from the heresy of rain" This picture shows Brother clutching a scarlet ibis
The scarlet ibis is dead and bleeding
The bird represents Doodle, who also passed away and was bleeding
Both the bird (in the story) and Doodle have weak legs, were exhausted to death, do not belong to where they are (the bird is supposed to be in the tropics and Doodle can't live up to Brother's standards), both are red after death, and they both die under a plant. From the 1st person perspective, readers are being drawn into the emotional tone from such diction as; confidence, selfishness, sadness, and very direct emotional connection to his feelings. The image of the young, green plant in the dark can represent Doodle and the roots represent Brother's amount of pride
"pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death"
life would be the plant or good pride, and death is foreshadowing the ending of the story or bad pride
Like Brother's pride, the plant's roots keep growing
But some of the roots will eventually hit an obstacle, like a rock, for example. Brother's pride ends up killing Doodle
At the end of the short story, the audience can sense that although Brother has done several unkind actions towards Doodle, he does love and appreciate his little brother, and Brother's greed of pride cost him his brother's life instead of gaining his goal of a perfect brother. Concluding Statement Click the play button the green arrow is pointing at; not the middle play button. "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 (pg. 347, par. 4). "I began to weep, and the tear-blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar. "Doodle!" I screamed above the pounding storm, and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long, long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain."
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