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The Theme Of Seasons And Seasons In The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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It is impossible to find a family that is problem free and does not go through its ups and downs. Seasons often marks a progress, here it not only sets the way for Doodles progress of becoming like a normal boy, but it is used as a way to show the growth of the sibling relationship between the two brothers. Seasons and weather play an important role in setting the tone and mood of the story. An example of the motif of seasons and weather is seen in the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst as doodles progress goes along with each season. This motif is used to develop the relationship between Doodle and his brother as evident through the clove of seasons, summer, and storms. dd At the beginning of the story Doodles brother, the narrator, recalls that “It was the clove of seasons, Summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born”(9). The literal meaning to the clove of seasons is the in between of seasons but in this story it represents uncertainty for what's about to happen and an end to happy days. At first the brother was excited to be getting a new brother and someone to play with and so was the rest of the family to be getting a new addition to the family. That happiness soon ends when Doodle is born with a head disproportionate to his “tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man”(9). Doodles brother calls him a disappointment and the whole family thinks that he is going to die, except for his aunt Nicey that remains hopeful throughout. Nobody knows
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