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The Scarlet Ibis Seminar
Transcript of The Scarlet Ibis Seminar
Seminar Topics How are Doodle and the narrator most alike? How are they most different? The narrator says, "There is within me (and with sadness I have watched others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction..." What does he mean by that? Why are we most cruel to people we are closest to? Is cruelty inherent or is it learned? Explain. Explain how the scarlet ibis is a symbol for Doodle. Why does the narrator call Doodle his "fallen scarlet ibis" at the end of the story?
What does he finally realize?
Why is he protecting Doodle from the "heresy of rain"? Explain how the narrator's pride brings about his own destruction as much as it does Doodle's. Why is pride such a dangerous emotion? Can you like/love someone who doesn't respect you? Can you respect someone you don't like/love? Explain.
Explain whether or not the narrator and Doodle respect each other in the story. Give specific examples for your answer. List three important settings from the story and what mood each one creates. Give specific examples for your answers.