The Red Bird, A Thematic Analysis

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I believe Hurst wrote this story to show how destructive it can be to change people. Now, change can be a good thing. However, it becomes dangerous when you attempt to change someone into something they aren't. Brother should've left Doodle how he was. Instead, he tries to change Doodle’s core being. Which adds to the theme that Hurst was trying to convey through this story. This story had a very dark tone in my opinion. Death was a prominent theme throughout the plot. By identifying this early in the story, the reader could easily tell that the plot wouldn't end well. The key to understanding this point early in the story was noticing the line in which the narrator explained Brother’s semi-serious plot to kill his brother. After reading that, it's safe to assume that sort of mood will be consistent throughout the course of the story. Doodle says right before his death, "Brother, Brother, don't leave me!". This is a cry of absolute desperation and puts a mood of sorrow on the reader because Brother does, indeed, leave his brother. As a rather unusual central theme of the story, this story was covered in the color Red. It's mentioned in in many forms. From blood to describing the color of birds, it's no coincidence that Hurst wrote…show more content…
While doing this, Hurst also ties a good portion of these quotes back to death. Which seems inescapable in this story. The Scarlet Ibis was a very dark story. I highly recommend the story to the sadistic crowd. However, for the reader with a “Disney Mentality”, I do not advise reading this story. Because you will be disappointed. Contrary to Walt’s belief, not all dreams come true. Hurst does a great job in disproving that idea through this
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