First 2 Paragraphs of *The Scarlet Ibis*

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FIRST 2 PARAGRAPHS OF “THE SCARLET IBIS”
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Circle the highlighted
words that are
associated with death.
Mark and label all the
figurative language in
the first 2 paragraphs:
simile, metaphor,
personification.
http://www.aristos.org/aris08/landscapes.htm
IMAGERY IN THE FIRST 2 PARAGRAPHS
Imagery
Example from the story
Visual – sight, what you see
Bleeding tree, flower garden, brown
magnolia petals, oriole nest, white house,
pale fence, mahogany coffin
Tactile – touch, what you can feel
Cool green-draped parlor, soft grass,
rubber sheet, afternoon sea breeze
Olfactory – smell, what you can smell
Flowers blooming, rotting magnolia petals,
pines
Auditory – sound, what you can hear
Speaking softly, echoing halls, shouting,
crying , sobbed
INFERENCES ABOUT THE STORY
Make Inferences: An inference is a logical
guess based on clues in the text plus your own
knowledge.
[details or evidence from the story]
+ [what I know from reading or experience]
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Inference about the story
 Make an inference about: the mood, the
narrator, and the plot
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WE WERE DOWN IN OLD WOMAN SWAMP AND IT
WAS SPRING AND THE SICK-SWEET SMELL OF BAY
FLOWERS HUNG EVERYWHERE LIKE A MOURNFUL
SONG.
What type of figurative language is present in this quote?
THIS IS ALSO THE THEME
OF THE STORY!!!! ISN’T
THAT COOL HOW THE
AUTHOR TOLD US HIS
OWN THEME, AND WE
DIDN’T HAVE TO GO
THROUGH THE 3 STEPS
TO FIGURE IT OUT?!?!?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkfeather/217607170/
PRIDE IS A WONDERFUL, TERRIBLE THING, A SEED THAT
BEARS TWO VINES, LIFE AND DEATH.
What kinds of figurative language is present
in this quote?
FIND AS MANY EXAMPLES OF
PERSONIFICATION, SIMILE, OXYMORON, AND
METAPHOR AS YOU CAN.
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Record in the chart the examples that make comparisons with life and
death in the chart.
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With a partner try to answer the questions below the chart.
A symbol is an object, person, place, or experience that represents
something else. James Hurst says he chose the scarlet ibis as a symbol for
Doodle.
SYMBOLISM
SYMBOLISM IN COLORS
Color
What does this color
usually represent?
Literal Item Linked to
Color
Explain how the color of
the object becomes
symbolic.
Green
Growth, rotting,
jealousy
parlor, Old Woman
Swamp, Paris Green,
grass
Cycle of life
White
purity, innocence,
surrender, death
Fence, house, old
man’s beard, white veil
over eyes
Doodle’s innocence, loss
of life
Red
Passion, pride, war,
blood
Bleeding tree, blood,
Doodle’s skin, ibis,
neck, shirt
Death, Narrator’s Pride
Blue
loyalty, peace,
suffocation
sea, sky, rain, Doodle’s
eyes
Memories, Narrator’s
sadness
SCARLET IBIS
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=scarlet+ibis&hl=en&sa=X&tbas=0&bi
w=1366&bih=649&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnsb&tbnid=TtFfUVtLs1T4nM:&i
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DOODLE
http://www.glogster.com/hornethottie14ebbs/the-scarletibis/g-6mp8hjh8ghmis45jcdeqha0?old_view=True
SYMBOLISM IN CHARACTERS
WEATHER
TIME OF YEAR: “CLOVE OF SEASONS”
http://www.levismithart.com/landscapes/
http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photograp
hy/photo-of-the-day/autumn-leaves-japan/
OTHER SYMBOLIC ELEMENTS
LOOKING FOR PATTERNS
Do you see any patterns or repetition as far as
what subjects the author chooses to describe
using figurative language and symbolism?
 What do you think the author is trying to say about
life and death through his use of this figurative
language and symbolism?
 Using your answers to these questions, write a
thematic statement.
 Now, add the theme to your rhetorical triangle in
your own words.
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RHETORICAL FRAMEWORK PARAGRAPH
In the story “_________________,”
_______________ shows ____________ that
______________________________. He creates a
_______________ mood through
_____________________________________. The
_______ feeling to the story transfers to his
__________ tone. He seizes many moments to
point out that ___________________________
_______________________________________.

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