“The Scarlet Ibis” James Hurst Symbols What is a symbol? What do each of the following stand for? Heart The color green American Flag Important Terms Symbol-an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached extraordinary meaning and significance. Public Symbol-a symbol that shows up in art and literature. Allegory-a story in which characters, settings, and actions stand for something beyond themselves. Practice… What do the items below stand for: 1. A snake 2. An eagle 3. Spring 4. An owl 5. A white flag What does the fen stand for in the poem? Webquest What is a symbol? 5 letters of the alphabet and symbolic significance What is a Scarlet Ibis? The Scarlet Ibis’s environment Why is the environment important for the bird’s survival? “The First Lesson” Quickwrite Think about the ties that bind you to your family, friends, and community. What keeps you connected to them—love and loyalty, shared interests and experiences, or similar backgrounds for example? What factors sometimes separate you from others? Keep in Mind… The scarlet ibis is the most powerful symbol in the story. As you read, think about what it might stand for? PAGE 415 Read the Story Group 1 – Vocab and Diction Group 2 – Plot and Setting Group 3 – Point of View, Tone and Imagery Group 4 – Character Group 5 – Similes, Metaphors, Symbols Group 6 - Theme Discuss Who narrates the story? When does the story about Doodle take place? Why does the narrator teach Doodle to walk, and why does he cry when his family congratulates him for his effort? After Doodle has learned to walk, what does his brother try to teach him to prepare him for school? How does Doodle respond to the scarlet ibis and to its death? Discuss Is the narrator in some way responsible for Doodle’s death? Is his emotion at the very end sorrow, guilt, or something else? By the end, whom do you pity more—the narrator or Doodle? Do you think the narrator makes any kind of discovery at the end, as he cradles his brother’s little body? What does the ibis symbolize in the story?