In his short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurst shows that pride is both a positive and negative force that makes people take action. Doodle’s brother, the narrator, can not stand the fact that he has a crippled brother. Taking it as an insult to his pride, he decides to push Doodle so that he is the same as the other children when Doodle’s school career starts. Unfortunately the narrator runs away from Doodle when he doesn't make the school deadline, and when he returns after realizing that leaving was wrong, the narrator finds his brother dead on the sidewalk. One thing that Doodle’s brother teaches him is how to walk, and after Doodle shows off his new skill to the brother’s family, the narrator realizes, “...That pride, whose slave I
Pride and Death in The Scarlet Ibis
“I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death” (2) says the narrator as he recounts memories of his brother Doodle. Pride can be a good thing when you don’t have too much of it, but if you become too confident, things can go downhill. James Hurst wrote the short story, The Scarlet Ibis to show how too much pride can have tragic consequences. The narrator, Doodle’s older brother, has mixed feelings for…
Literary Analysis Essay Overview
Review your literary analysis packet, the sample essay I gave you (Lord of the Flies), the powerpoint which includes more examples, and any other handout you received on lit. analysis writing. Most of these are on the website.
1. “Empty” language Examples
a. “The use of literary devices reveals the deeper meaning of the story and highlights the theme.” State the theme and the deeper meaning you have uncovered!
b. “Themes play a powerful role…