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Introducing the Story Literary Focus: Symbols Reading Skills: Making Inferences from Details The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst Feature Menu
The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst
The Scarlet Ibis Introducing the Story I thought myself pretty smart at many things...
The Scarlet Ibis Introducing the Story In The Scarlet Ibis the narrator tells of his experience growing up with his physically disabled brother, Doodle, on a farm in the South. The narrator develops a bond with his younger brother and teaches him to walk. But he learns a tragic lesson when he pushes Doodle too hard. I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death. from The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst [End of Section]
The Scarlet Ibis Literary Focus: Symbols A symbol is an object, event, person, or animal that stands for something more than itself. Symbols are all around you in your everyday life. Their special meanings have been handed down over time.
In The Scarlet Ibis, youll notice similarities and links between one character and a bird. Pay attention to how the author makes a symbolic connection between the character and the bird. The Scarlet Ibis Literary Focus: Symbols This symbolism can help deepen your understanding of the character. [End of Section]
As you read a story, you make inferences, or educated guesses, about what the writer is trying to say. You can base your inferences on your own prior knowledge and on evidence from the text. The Scarlet Ibis Reading Skills: Making Inferences from Details Prior Knowledge about how stories work about your own life experiences Evidence from Text descriptions setting dialogue + = Inference
One way to make better inferences is to notice important details in the story. The Scarlet Ibis Reading Skills: Making Inferences from Details Details may seem insignificant at first, but most writers choose details carefully to help convey a certain meaning or message. Colors, seasons, names, times, objects, animals, and clothingalmost any little thing can help you make inferences about meaning.
Pay attention to details as you read The Scarlet Ibis, and practice making inferences. Keep track of the little things: The Scarlet Ibis Reading Skills: Making Inferences from Details What larger meanings can you infer from these details? treescolorsflowers gesturesweatheranimals [End of Section]
The story is set in the American South. Its climax takes place in 1918, the year World War I ended. Youll find references in the story to battles being fought far away from its peaceful southern setting. As you read, think about why the author chose this setting. The Scarlet Ibis Background The physical setting American South in 1918 The historical setting end of World War I [End of Section]
The Scarlet Ibis Quickwrite Make the Connection [End of Section] Make a list of situations that might make someone feel proud. Is pride positive or negativecan it be both? Jot down your thoughts about what it means to be proud.
Meet the Writer
James Hurst was born on a farm in coastal North Carolina in 1922. After studying at North Carolina State College, he served in the army during World War II. Hurst wants readers of The Scarlet Ibis to think of how the war raging among brothers in Europe is related to the conflict between Doodle and his brother. Perhaps, he reflects, people always suffer when others try to make them over in their own image. More About the Writer The Scarlet Ibis Meet the Writer [End of Section]
Agree or Disagree? 1. I am thankful for my siblings. 2. I am sometimes jealous of my siblings. 3. I am often embarrassed by my siblings. 4. I have pushed what I wanted onto another person I care about only to regret it later. 5. I want to feel proud of my family members.
Agree or Disagree, continued 6. I am uncomfortable with someone who has a physical or mental handicap. 7. My pride has gotten the best of me, only for me to regret it later. 8. If I have hurt someone and know it, I apologize. 9. My siblings know that I love them. 10. I have found myself taking advantage of my siblings even though I know that is wrong.
Ideas to Consider At times I was mean to Doodle. One day I took him up to the barn loft and showed him his casket, telling him how we all believed he would die. Predict: How might the relationship between the two brothers affect the story? The Scarlett Ibis reveals that cruelty and selfishness can be entwined with love. Motivated by pride and self-interest, the narrator helps his disabled brother learn to walk and swim. Not satisfied, the narrator pushes for more. Only later does the narrator realize the depth of his feelings for his brother.