Davis English 9

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"The Scarlet Ibis" Symbolism

The narrator says, "There is within me...a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love." Think about your relationships with people you love, especially in your family. Can love and cruelty coexist? Why or why not? In a thoughtful paragraph that starts out with a strong topic sentence, write your response.



  • At 1:01 PM , Blogger riley said...

    Yes i believe that love and hate do coexists. I believe this because we are the most cruel to the ones we love most. This is because we know these are the people we know wont leave us. So this is my reasoning for how love and hate can coexists together.

  • At 1:07 PM , Blogger StevenG24 said...

    Yes i believe that love and cruelty coexists. I believe this because we don't think about what we say or do to the people we love. Because we don't think that they will care or leave us because of something we did. To me this is why i think that love and hate can coexist.

  • At 1:10 PM , Blogger Jenni M #2 said...

    I do believe that love and hate can exist in the same relationship. One minute you can hate someone but because deep down in your heart you love them, you are able to forgive them, and love them again. With siblings, you can dislike them, but you will always still love them. Clearly, love and hate go hand in hand in a good functioning relationship.

  • At 1:13 PM , Blogger Ava Kalhoefer said...

    Yet love at first does not be seen to be connected with cruelty, I actually believe they can be related to one another. Sometimes people in your family are mad, yet you always know you love one another, mostly because of the punishment of having to live with each other. Other ways do mean that since you love this person, you are officially the one to share the pain and impatience of that one person is experiencing. Lastly it could also be relative of the pain to be away for more than what feels like a lifetime.

  • At 1:41 PM , Blogger william said...

    I think it's possible to have love and be cruel at the same time. For example, our parents love us, but set rules and expectations that we find cruel like not allowed to hang out and other. But that's for our protectation so it's also love at the same time. Sometimes it's not love cruel at the same time, sometimes can be just cruel like they changed there mind on your plan to see a concert or movie. Because they pretty mush lied to you.

  • At 1:56 PM , Blogger AveryL said...

    yes, i do believe that in a relationship, love and cruelty do coexist. We know that the ones we love are sometimes that ones we hate, but no one will leave you because of that strong relationship you have with them. This can be shown through friendships in ways that in ways can be indescribable. Sometimes, we will get in fights with one another , but then realize life without them would be unbearable. This is one of the many ways that cruelty and love coexist.

  • At 2:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I do believe that love and hate coexists and it's called brotherly or sisterly love. i love my brother but on the other hand i hate because of some of the things he does.and my mom and dad drive me nuts a lot but i still love them.

  • At 3:13 PM , Blogger mckennab16 said...

    Love and cruelty do coexist in a relationship. When you love someone so much you realize you dont want to let go of them, so when you start to see that you are spreding apart or they did something to offend you, you get mad and cause cruelty towards them, when you really deep down love them. Cruelty in a way is love, its a "different" way to show your love towards someone

  • At 4:36 PM , Blogger ShannonW. said...

    Yeah i do think that love and hate coexist. In a family siutation There may be things you hate about your relative, but deep inside, you know you love them whether you show it or not.

  • At 9:38 PM , Blogger Jaylen said...

    In a relationship I do think love and cruelty can coexist but there needs to be a balance of both if you are in a relationship and show to much love you will never get to say what you want and if there is to much cruelty there will never be love. You can always be cruel if it's out of love.

  • At 3:27 PM , Blogger Russell O 12 said...

    In the story "The Scarlet Abis" the narrator states, "There is within me...a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love." The questoin of the quote is can love and cruelty coxist? I think yes because if you truly love someone you well do anything to get to them even if it means quiting jobs or getting arrested. Even though its hard to get to that special person you know you would go through any sort of cruelness to get to them

  • At 11:33 PM , Blogger lewis campbell said...

    In the story "The Scarlet Abis" the narrator, "There is within me....a knot of cruelty born by the stream of love."

    The quote does not define love, it defines the personal essence of a sickness that we all have in one form or another.

    Our perceptions and thus our actions are limited by our biology. Love and cruelty can never coexist, not in the selfless altruistic nature of what love is.

    Love is a giving of oneself beyond all measure, be it for our children or to whomever it is directed. It is the act and actions of selfless disregard for our own needs, our very life.

    The emotions that define the thought that love and cruelty can coexist, only see the selfish needs, the narcissism of our own image transposed to the object of our desire.

    Cruelty or the evil that brings it to us, and to the ones we say we love, is the harbinger of all our future deeds.

    Before we can love another, we have to forgive ourselves our imperfections, and our needs and give truly without expectation.

    For love is the only thing in life, where the more you give it away, the more it comes back to you.

    The less you give it, hold it hostage the sooner it dies, and when love dies, so does empathy, cruelty and evil will quickly follow.


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