Symbols And Themes In The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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How Pride Can Affect Brothers Pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction from one’s own achievements. Brother always wanted a brother who he could play with and do other brotherly things with. Brother was very disappointed and embarrassed by his little brother Doodle because he “ Is not all there.” He taught Doodle how to walk, swim, run etc. So he would not have to be as embarrassed of him. In the story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the theme is pride can make something better or worse through symbolism and foreshadowing.
To begin with, pride can make something better or worse with symbolism in multiple ways in this story. One of the examples is the color red. When the people hear the color red, the reader might think of blood and death. This is exactly how it was used in the story. Right when doodle was born, everyone thought he was going to die because his disabilities, so when Brother saw Doodle for the first time he described him. Doodle said, “ He seemed all head, with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man’s.” ( Hurst 1) This quote shows symbolism with the word red. They started talking about red whenever they are speaking about death. Brother described Doodle with a red and shriveled body when he was born because Doodle wasn’t suppose to survive. It relates to the theme because Brother had so much pride in having a little brother at first. The color red kept appearing in Doodles life until eventually it appeared for the final time
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