23 January 2014
Story Symbols and Their Meaning
Each story contains symbols that have deeper meanings that the reader learns. “The scarlet Ibis” took place in 1918, and was written by James Hurst. Then in “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind” the authors name is Ray Bradbury and was written during the Cold War time period. Over all “The Scarlet Ibis” was about a little boy named Doodle, who everyone thought would die very soon, but with the help of his brother, who was embarrassed by him, Doodle learned to do stuff that everyone was convinced he could not do. Unfortunately later in the story Doodle’s brother had worked him to hard, and Doodle passed away from exhaustion. Next the story “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind” the main idea was that life was full of symbols and omens, but people tend to judge a book by its cover. So, the short stories “The Scarlet Ibis” and “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind” both contain symbols that lead readers to a deeper meaning.
First in “The Scarlet Ibis” the bird the scarlet Ibis represents Doodle, the little boy everyone thought would die. The bird was a symbol for Doodle because both of them seem out of place and feel like they do not belong. Both had died and had red related somehow to their deaths. Doodle’s brother had said, “Limply, he fell backwards onto the Earth. He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant Red” (Hurst 395). Also “The bird’s arrival on the wings of a freak-storm raises the questions: What is Doodle’s natural environment? Where is his flock? The answers are not given exactly but are suggested symbolically” (Robinson 1). This symbol is important because it tells the readers that Doodle was kind of out of place but was a very strong person.
Next, in “The Scarlet Ibis” the coffin was the symbol that represents the low expectations Doodle’s family had for him. Doodle was made to look at his coffin by his big...
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Hurst, James “The Scarlet Ibis.” Prentice Hall Literature Ed Tobey Antao el al Upper Saddle River Pearson, 2012 384-95
Robinson, Claire. “Critical Essay on ‘The Scarlet Ibis’.” Short Stories fir Students. Ed. Anne Marie Hacht. Vol. 23. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Literature Resources Center. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.
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