The Scarlet Ibis Summary
James Hurst

Everything you need to understand or teach The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst.

  • The Scarlet Ibis Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 The Scarlet Ibis Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

The Scarlet Ibis Overview

"The Scarlet Ibis," by James Hurst, is a short story originally published in 1960, in The Atlantic Monthly. It won the 1960 "Atlantic First" award. In this story, the narrator, identified as "Brother," tells the intertwined stories of the appearance of a rare scarlet ibis in his family's garden and the death of his younger brother, nicknamed "Doodle." Against the backdrop of World War I, the story of the brothers explores questions about pride, brotherhood, compassion, and appreciation for individual differences.

Lesson Plan

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