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The Scarlet Ibis

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Mikey Thomas

on 2 November 2012

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The Scarlet Ibis James Hurst Part I Thesis Statement Thesis Statement In Hurst's short story, "The Scarlet Ibis," the narrator emerges from a arrogant, self-indulgent individual to an affectionate, knowledgeable young adult by experiencing the trauma of losing his brother because of his own selfish desires. "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."
(Page 354). Quote Quote "It was bad enough having
an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow."
(Page 345). "Renaming my brother was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him, because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle." Thesis Statement Hurst's use of 1st person point of view allows the reader to see and experience the narrator's change, which is also shown through his diction in words such as "heresy", "weep", "sheltering" and "pounding" indicating a remorseful tone and proves how he let his own pride surpass his feelings for Topic Sentence Tone Tone Visual Visual Visual Quote Topic
Sentence Topic Sentence Commentary Commentary Commentary Music By Mikey Thomas Tone P.O.V "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." Part II In "The Scarlet Ibis", written by James Hurst, the narrator changes when he gives up being cruel to his brother and instead begins to show love for to him by altering from a naive, self-centered boy to a more perceptive, warmhearted brother. Part III While reading James Hurst's story, "The Scarlet Ibis", the audience experiences an alteration from the narrator as he matures into an individual that is no longer narcissistic nor ignorant but instead a cultivated adult that has learned to prevent his own pride from further shadowing his thoughts and feelings and its effects on life and death. Because the story is told in first person, the audience experiences the narrators fluctuation from resentment to love through the diction used to show the narrators spite for his brother include "invalid", "unbearable", "kill", and "smothering" which reveal an hostile tone by showing that he is still a young boy who is bewildered about his brother. The Diction in the second paragraph such as "kindest" reveals more of a lighthearted and affectionate tone that shows the narrator has changed into a more devoted brother. Because the author tells the story in first person, the diction used by the narrator - "hopeless", "miracle", "pride", "proud, "wonderful", "terrible", and "life and death" - allows the reader to perceive a reflective tone and that the narrator has attained the knowledge of the benefits and handicaps of pride which can be the burden of life or death. (Page 347). (Page 345). his brother. Diction Example: Heresy The word heresy shows that the narrator has realized the reason Doodle died was because he let his pride triumph his love for his brother. The use of first person point of view allowed the reader to be a part and experience what the reader was going through and his thoughts and actions. When the narrator "threw his body to the Earth above his" the audience felt like they were there with the narrator feeling the same emotions because of the use of first person point of view. Heresy also reveals the mockery of the rain and further illustrates the sorrow and resent felt by the narrator. The diction used in the story help portray a tone of misery and gloom through words such as "weep". The setting described as a "pounding storm" by James Hurst and the pouring rain in the scenario at the end of the story enhance and better develop the tone of despair. Because the author used first person point of view, the change in the narrator is more noticeable. The change in tone throughout the story helps express the change in the narrator. Point
of View The authors use of first person point of view through words such as "I" allows the reader into the characters thoughts and feelings vs. third person where the audience is outside or uninformed about the main characters thoughts and feelings. The change in the narrator is better perceived through the authors use of first person. The authors tone of reflective and knowledgeable are best conveyed through his use of diction in words like, "hopeless", "miracle", "wonderful", and "terrible". The tone is best represented by the narrator speaking as an adult who is providing more insight to the story to further develop the theme of pride. Diction Example: Pride Pride can be a wonderful or terrible thing depending on how you use it and that may be the difference between life and death. Because of the accomplishment made by Doodle and the narrator, Doodle was the narrators greatest thing to be proud of. The narrators pride shows that he cares for his relationship with Doodle but he lets it get the best of him and allows it to push him to far. Example: Sheltering The authors use of the word "sheltering" emphasis the change of the narrator which provides imagery of the narrator showing he has matured and realized his mistake, wishing he could take it back, and that he has also loved Doodle despite his disability. Sheltering is used to show that the narrator
is trying to protect his brother despite the
fact his excessive pride pushed Doodle to the limits. Point of View Diction Example: Unbearable Example: Kindest The authors use of the word "unbearable" magnifies the narrators childish attitude before he undergoes his change. Unbearable is used to show the feeling of
resentment the narrator first feels for his brother. Hurst's usage of the word "kindest" portrays
the change a narrator faces when he begins
showing affection to his brother. Kindest represents the narrator
maturing into a young adult. The authors use of first person point of view,
known by the use of words such as "I", lets the reader feel the same emotions as the narrator feels and allows them to make connections to the text. Using first person point of view, the narrator reflects upon his kindest action he did for Doodle which highlights the changes experience by him. The diction used by the narrator in the first quote including "invalid" and "unbearable" indicate a tone of hostility, aggression, and anger because of his unawareness and little knowledge of the severity of Doodles disabilities and how much they are holding him back. The tone of the second quote expressed through the diction used - "kindest" - of affection and generosity show the change in the narrator from his hatred Music In the song, "Fix You" by Coldplay, the song is told from the perspective of the narrator after his brother dies. The song is saying that all the narrator wanted to do for Doodle was to fix him. The first two lines of the song express the failure to meet the goals they set. The song says, "Tears stream down on your face when you lose something you cant replace." which represents the narrators tears of losing his brother because of his excessive pride. "When you love someone but it goes to waste." represents Doodles love for his brother but not being loved back of his brother to love and kindness he eventually shows to him. In this image, red symbolizes the death of the scarlet ibis and Doodle laying peacefully covered in blood in an portrait of red. Part IV Conclusion By the end of the story, the narrator has finally forced
to face the truth that his foolish, arrogant actions of letting his pride subdue his emotions and feelings lead to the death of his own brother. However, he has matured and now come to know that love must be cherished not pushed aside by self-prides absurdity. Change Change Change The narrator realizes that he has caused Doodles death by pushing the beyond his limits. The narrator shows that he truly did care for Doodle and feels awful for causing his death. The narrator changes from the first quote to the second by becoming more kind and generous to his brother when he begins to show that he does love and care about him. The narrator changes in this quote by understanding the influence and effect ones pride has on themselves and others involved. He learns it can impact peoples lives dramatically and be the difference between life of death. The water represents the tears shed by the narrator once he finds out his brother died. The drop of water is causing a ripple when it hits the water, effecting all that's around it such as the narrators pride effects everyone close to him when it becomes to great and eventually kills Doodle. Red symbolizes love and blood. Red also symbolizes love between the two brothers. The clouds represent the difficult times Doodle
and the narrator faced together. The light at the end of the picture represents the bright moments shared between the brothers and the light Doodle is going towards. The outer square represents the goals the narrator wants Doodle to achieve but the red circle (which symbolizes Doodles love for the narrator) is Doodles accomplishments. The red circle represents Doodle and the triangle it is inside of is symbolizing the disabilities that are holding Doodle back from what his brother wants him to be able to do.
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