April 20, 2015

Homework Help: English

Posted by Peter on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:39am.

"The Scarlet Ibis" interpretive essay help.


James Hurst, the author, makes the observation that "pride is a wonderful, terrible ting, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." These words are central to the meaning of the story. The phrase is stated as a general truth at the beginning of the story even though the speaker has actually learned this truth later in life. In a multiparagraph essay show how that statement is a vital concept in the story.

I need to explain the two aspects of pride in the story. Which basically is good and evil.

I have trouble explaining this: Where and how do we know that the narrator has experienced the wonderful commodity of pride? (what does that mean?)

When is the converse seen? How is it negative? (What is the converse?)

Considering both aspects of pride, terrible and wonderful, which is stronger in "The Scarlet Ibis"? What creates the strength?

[Is the good pride stronger? And does motivation create the strength?)

Thank you.

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