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Foreshadowing symbolism and imagery are all elements which compose style All are very important foreshadowing adds suspense and symbolism contributes to interpretation Imagery contributes visual aids which also aid interpretation In this classic short story The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst foreshadowing symbolism and imagery combine to create a true literary masterpiece Foreshadowing is one of the elements of style which make The Scarlet Ibis great For example the author states The last graveyard flowers were blooming and their smell drifted through our house speaking softly the names of our dead This passage clearly foreshadows the death of Doodle Also Hurst comments on Doodles full name William Armstrong that such a name sounds good only on a tombstone again foreshadowing Doodles death Later Doodles cries of Dont leave me Dont leave me are a parallel to the moment when the terrified little boy once again cries out Dont leave me when his older brother does actually leave him Moreover Aunt Nicey says that red dead birds are very bad luck foreshadowing Doodles death again Finally the death of the scarlet ibis which is so rare and wonderful like Doodle is the most important foreshadowing of the small boys death Foreshadowing is definitely very important in this story but two more elements also contribute to the distinction of its style Symbolism is another important element in the style of The Scarlet Ibis For example in Doodles lies the ten-foot tail of the small peacock refers to the authors description of Doodles full name William Armstrong as a big tail on a small kite like the long fancy tail on the small bird Also the grindstone grinds away the years revealing the brothers memories of doodle Moreover the mahogany coffin symbolizes Doodles death when his brother forces him to touch it Furthermore beautiful Old Woman Swamp symbolizes paradise for the two boys there they spend their happiest days Finally the rare scarlet ibis symbolizes Doodle Both
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