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In James Hursts short story The Scarlet Ibis, the author conveys his theme how pride can both nurture life and destroy it.

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Taylor Ryan Ryan 1 Eddy Period 1 21 November 2009 Taylor's Literary Response Essay In James Hurst's short story "The Scarlet Ibis," the author conveys his theme how pride can both nurture life and destroy it. Characterization is always important when you are identifying the theme of a story because you need to observe what the objects represent or symbolize in the real world. Characterization is important because you need to know what the character's actions, dialogue, tones, and attitude are to find the theme. For example, in George Orwell's story Lord of the Flies, Ralph changes in the book because in the beginning he was kind of mean and rude and did not introduce himself after Piggy formally introduced himself. ...read more.


Also, the pigs represent power or somebody with a great amount of power such as leaders or presidents. Ryan 1 In "The Scarlet Ibis," James Hurst conveys his theme of how pride can both nurture life and destroy it in his short story because Doodle is born with abnormal bone structures and allows him to be very fragile and exotic. His brother, the speaker, is mean and embarrassed of Doodle because of his function but when they are alone they enjoy each other as if Doodle was a normal person. The setting takes place at Old Woman's Swamp. It is symbolic because Old Woman Swamp is a dangerous place and you would think that you wouldn't take your brother that is disabled and cannot walk to a dangerous place with alligators and leeches. ...read more.


is embarrassed of Doodle and wants him to walk and to be strong and fit so that Doodle and his brother can wrestle instead of pulling Doodle in a wagon. Also, the speaker pushes Doodle to make him do obstacles that he couldn't do before such as forcing Doodle to walk so that the brother is not embarrassed that his brother cannot walk, and eventually that overcomes Doodle death. It is also symbolic because it shows different sides of characters. It shows the loving side of Doodle's brother and his mean and embarrassed side of him. For example, Doodle's brother is mean to Doodle most of the time, but when they go to Old Woman's Swamp they act as if they were each other's best friend. ...read more.

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