The Scarlet Ibis Short Story

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Death is something that everyone can not escape from, many individuals struggle with this, others are very open to it. A short story that relates directly to death is “The Scarlet Ibis” written by James Hurst when the author uses literary devices to strengthen the story to the time of Doodle death. In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” written by James Hurst, the author uses symbolism and foreshadowing to enhance the story in many ways.
To commence, the author James Hurst uses foreshadowing to help aggrandize the story. For instance, in the beginning of the short story, the brother is talking about Doodle’s life and what it is like, and so the author confides with the reader “The doctor said that with his weak heart this strain would probably kill him, but it didn't” (2). This reveals to the reader that the doctors told Doodle that he was going to die if he tried to walk or crawl, but then later on in the story the brother helped Doodle to be able to walk and crawl like a normal human being and it did not cause Doodle to die despite what the doctors said. The foreshadowing here in the story is important because it shows what Doodle was like and his position in the world and it also proves others that he is way more capable of doing things that other thought were impossible for him to complete. Without this example of foreshadowing the character’s accomplishments would not be as greatly impactful. In addition, there is another example of foreshadowing in the story that the

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