“The Scarlet Ibis”. By: James Hurst. Setting:. Time: 1912-1918 WWI Place: Southern U.S. P.D.: the beauty of “Old Woman Swamp”, the bleeding tree, the withering effects of fall, the storm. Plot:. Doodle’s birth and the discovery that he may not be “all there”.
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“The Scarlet Ibis”
By: James Hurst
weak physically, but mentally alert
Real name – William Armstrong
Frightened of being alone
Good at lying
Strength of character
Wants to please Brother
Six years older than Doodle
Disappointed in his brother; wanted a playmate
Cruel to Doodle
Too much pride
After teaching Doodle to walk, he feels infallible
Wants Doodle to be like all other kids
Feels guilty when Doodle dies
Type: Man vs. Self (Brother vs. pride and cruelty)
Develop: Once Brother teaches Doodle to walk, he becomes so prideful, he pushes Doodle too far.
Resolution: Brother’s treatment of Doodle contributes to his death.
Type: Man vs. AF (Brother and Doodle vs. the natural disabilities of Doodle)
Develop: Brother would like Doodle to be a typical little brother and pushes him too hard. Doodle only wants to please his brother.
Resolution: Despite the grand plan to make Doodle like everyone else, Brother fails and Doodle dies.