Friday, 2 October 2009

The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst

Title: The Scarlet Ibis
Author: James Hurst
Summary: Ashamed of his younger brother's physical handicaps, an older brother teaches him how to walk and pushes him to attempt more strenuous activities.

The Scarlet Ibis is a short story - therefore I can't talk in lengths about it.

First, it's a tragedy. We see the story through the narrator's eyes, we never get his name, as his brother (the brother he's always wanted) is born. Doodle has a disability though and many restrictions on what he can and can't do. At first, they don't even think he'll survive. But the narrator is determined to teach Doodle to be the ideal brother.

The story has a very somber tone and focuses a lot on the good and bad sides of pride and expectations.

It's very well written and one of James Hurst's amazing stories.

Because it is a tragedy, the ending is very sad. But the story is brilliant so I suggest you read it.

You can read it online here.

We may start a Short Story Meme, perhaps. I read a lot of them so it would be nice to be able to review them as well. I already have a few more I could: Contents of a Dead Man's Pockets and The Most Dangerous Game.



  1. Looks interesting. I'm gonna go read it.

    Haha, we read The Most Dangerous Game today in our English class =P

  2. I had to read that for English class and do loads of worksheet type things on it. I liked it.

    Melody - The Most Dangerous Game was a story we had to read too. :)

  3. Hey we have to read Most Dangerouse game, Scarlet Ibis, and whole buntch of other storys just this year. lol
    =) = )=) =) =) =)



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