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The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis

by James Hurst

Transformation Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

She said he would live because he was born in a caul and cauls are made from Jesus' nightgown. (1.3)

We talk about this more in Doodle's "Character Analysis." It's definitely interesting to our discussion of transformation. Nicey tries to transform the idea that Doodle is different in a negative way into a more positive view. She sees Doodle's differences as making him special.

Quote #2

"Renaming my brother was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him, because nobody expects much from somebody called Doodle. (2.2)

Brother makes it his personal responsibility to transform Doodle. As we discuss in "Character Clues," renaming Doodle is the beginning of this process. The line also expresses Brother's guilt over expecting too much from Doodle.

Quote #3

Finally, one day, after many weeks of practicing, he stood alone for a few seconds. (2.14)

This is Doodle's first big moment of physical transformation. It's transformative for Brother too. He gets a taste of his own power as a teacher. Sadly, he gets caught up in the glory and doesn't see Doodle's physical limitations.

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