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The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis


by James Hurst

The Scarlet Ibis Guilt and Blame Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Paragraph)

Quote #1

He was born when I was six and was, from the outset, a disappointment. (1.3)

This sounds a little harsh, but pretty normal for a six year old. Try telling Brother that. He feels guilty about every thought he ever had about Doodle. If Doodle had live a long life, Brother would probably see things in a different light. This shows how guilt influences how we remember our lives.

Quote #2

[…] so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow. (1.5)

This is a shocking moment for most readers, and a source of deep shame for Brother. It pushes all our buttons because it makes us see baby Doodle's extreme vulnerability, while showing us just how disturbed Brother is by the idea of Doodle's difference. It makes us wonder where Brother learned to feel so threatened by difference.

Quote #3

The doctor said that with his weak heart this strain would probably kill him, but it didn't. (2.1)

You'll want to look at the doctor's "Character Analysis" for this one. We discuss the fact that knowledge of heart disease was limited in the early 1900s when the story is set. This is to blame for much of Brother's confusion about Doodle's limitations.

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