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The Scarlet Ibis: Introduction
The Scarlet Ibis: Plot Summary
The Scarlet Ibis: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Scarlet Ibis: Themes
The Scarlet Ibis: Quotes
The Scarlet Ibis: Characters
The Scarlet Ibis: Symbols
The Scarlet Ibis: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of James Hurst
Historical Context of The Scarlet Ibis
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- Full Title: The Scarlet Ibis
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1960
- Literary Period: Late American modernism
- Genre: Short story, coming-of-age story
- Setting: A family home in eastern North Carolina during World War I
- Climax: Disappointed by Doodle’s physical limitations, Brother leaves him alone in the forest as a storm rages, only to discover later that Doodle has died.
- Antagonist: Brother
- Point of View: First person limited (Brother is the narrator)
Extra Credit for The Scarlet Ibis
The Importance of Place. James Hurst himself has commented that there are three characters in the work—Doodle, Brother, and the setting—thus highlighting the importance of the natural world as an influence in the events of the story.
The Art of Adaptation. The Scarlet Ibis was adapted into an opera in 2015 in which the character of Doodle, because of his physical difference, was represented by a puppet.