“The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted through every room of our house,
speaking softly the names of our dead.” Pp. 344
is an example of personification because the graveyard flowers are appointed the human-like quality of speaking.
“He seemed all head, with a tiny body which was red and shriveled, like an old man’s.” pp. 344
example of a simile is comparing Doodle’s head to an old man’s, wrinkled with age.
“Then when the slanted rays of the sun burned orange in the tops of the pines, we’d drop our
jewels into the stream and watch them float away toward the sea.” pp. 346
example of a metaphor is comparing the wildflower weaves to jewels.
“One day I took him up to the barn lofy and showed him his casket, telling him how we all believed
he would die.” pp. 346
go leave me, Brother,” he cried, and he leaned toward the coffin. His hand, trembling, reached out, and when he touched
the casket, he screamed.” pp. 346
example of a symbol represents death. When Doodle was shown the casket, he realized that his family didn’t even expect
that he would be alive. In touching the coffin, he probably felt a little what death would be like.
“’Dead birds is bad luck,” said Aunt Nicey, poking her head from the kitchen door. “Specially
red, dead birds!” pp. 352
example of foreshadowing implies that the family will experience bad luck in the future and that something bad will happen.
A Doppelgänger is a character that comes into a story to help a character learn more about himself.
1. When the Scarlet Ibis shows up in the story, Doodle is greatly impacted, this may be
because the tired, weak bird reminds him of himself. Doodle feels out of place among others because he is different as well
as the tropical Ibis. Because the bird dies, this foreshadows that Doodle will die also.