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The Scarlet Ibis

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Literary Devices

The different techniques used in the story to help make more of an impact

Figurative Language:


1.      “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


This is an example of personification because the graveyard flowers are appointed the human-like quality of speaking.


1.      “He seemed all head, with a tiny body which was red and shriveled, like an old man’s.” pp. 344 


This example of a simile is comparing Doodle’s head to an old man’s, wrinkled with age.


1.      “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


This example of a metaphor is comparing the wildflower weaves to jewels.


1.      “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


“’Don’t 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


This 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.


1.      “’Dead birds is bad luck,” said Aunt Nicey, poking her head from the kitchen door. “Specially red, dead birds!” pp. 352


This 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.

Ms. Kuhn's Rage Against the Irony Discussion Group