Symbols In The Scarlet Ibis

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The Analysis on the Scarlet Ibis

In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst, the author makes use of symbols and foreshadowing to present the theme - death of innocence.In the story of the scarlet ibis threr was an oder brother that had a cripppledl brother named Doodle. The Narrator hated his brother because the doctor and mother said he won’t be able to walk. The older brother taught him to walk so he wouldn't be embarrassed in front of his friends. he wanted doodle too go to school with him so he taught him to swim one saturday : when they found a dead scarlet ibi, after that they did more training they were caught in a storm so the older brother left him and doodle died that day .

Through the text, Hurst uses the color red as a motif to represent death. Red is a very powerful motif throughout this text.The shade red itself represents the title “The Scarlet Ibis.” The color red reminds people about the scarlet Ibis being perched on the bleeding tree. Doodle is the Narrator's younger brother that isn’t normal.The blood
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The bleeding tree and red nightshade bush were not quite in fall yet and not in summer: the Scarlet Ibis came to the bleeding tree. The narrator remembers Doodle being born crippled and red. When it came after lunch on Saturday before school a scarlet Ibis fell out of the tree and landed with a thud, and you could observe its very bright red breasts. These things all represented the death of life and the season of the year.

From the beginning of the story, Hurst prepared the reader for the tragic, prepared them for death. The recurring red motif was to represent death. The color red was used again and again in the story. Red made things pretty but ultimately sad at the end. Doodle has symbolized the scarlet ibis because they are both very weak. Foreshadowing is the death of the scarlet ibis and