Scarlet Ibis Essay

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Focus Questions for “The Scarlet Ibis” 1. What examples of imagery appear in Paragraphs 1 and 2? How does the imagery in Paragraphs 1 and 2 set the mood for the story? The tone and the way the narrator described the environment and place he was in made the area depressing, with some feeling of sorrow, regret, and pain. The feelings I listed made me infer that something bad was going to happen as the story progressed. 2. What can we infer about Doodle based on his description? What I gathered from the description the narrator gave me about Doodle was that he was weak and disabled but he was also resilient. I use the word resilient because although the doctors, and his parents, and lots of other folks were saying that he can't do this or that; in the end he ended up being successful and completing every task they said that he won't be able to do. 3. How has Doodle’s characterization set the mood for the story? Doodle’s personality set the mood for the story because from the beginning of the text Doodle did things in spite of making his brother and family proud. 4. What is the narrator’s tone towards his brother? How can you tell? The narrator's tone towards Doodle was technically you do what I say when I say do it or don’t bother trying to deal with me. I say this because since the very beginning of the text the narrator threatened to leave the brother if he didn't touch the coffin, and when the narrator pushed Doddle to stand up and walk. 5. The narrator says that, “renaming my brother was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him, because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” What does he mean by this quote? The narrator is trying to say that when you hear the name Doodle you would think of someone weak and puny. When the narrator renamed Doodle to William Armstrong you would expect more from him than Doodle. The name William

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