Although there are many factors that contribute to Doodle’s death, the narrator is responsible for his invalid brother’s demise. This is certain because Brother admitted to his own guilt. For Brother understood that all his work was because he was ashamed of having a crippled brother. At the unveiling of the magnanimous feat of Doodle’s ability to walk, Brother cried not because he was overjoyed at Doodle’s accomplishments, but for his pride. Brother said, “they did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices…” Brother was embarrassed at the fact that his younger brother, Doodle was disabled.
The narrator killed doodle effectually. The brother was egoistic and didn’t listen to Doodle when he wasn't eligible to work anymore. Doodle unpleasantly died because of his condition which was hard for him to cure because he was born with a condition that he could never walk. Doodle was born October 18 , 1911 and died in 1918 just before his seventh birthday. Doodle was born with a condition where he cannot walk, and was expected to die as an infant.
In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, a boy is born crippled and no one thought he would live. The boy lived however, and they named him Doodle. Doodle and his brother were very close and Doodle loved his brother and never wanted his brother to leave him alone. Doodle’s brother was ashamed to have a crippled brother so he attempted to help doodle become normal throughout doodle’s life in the story. Doodle loved his brother, even though his brother was very selfish in his reasons to help Doodle to become normal, and his brother realized how selfish and guilty he was when it was to late for Doodle in the end.
Not only did he believe in his infallibility but Doodle believed in him too. Doodle was born with a weak heart, he never could do active activities without overworking his heart. Brother decided to teach Doodle how to walk. Although it was something that brother wanted, yet Doodle
One day Doodle smiles at Narrator and that was the small act that made Narrator believe that Doodle was actually all there. Narrator is innocent of Doodles death, he was just trying to be a loving big brother and was trying to give Doodle all the experiences a kid should have. So far in the story, Narrator sees Doodle and notices that he is unique to the whole family. Narrator can tell that his parents think Doodle is going to die because they give him a big important name (William Armstrong). Narrator starts believing that his brother Doodle will die because that name only sounds good in a tombstone.
Character Analysis: The character that I have chosen to analyze is Brother. At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to brother as a fun-loving kid who just wants a playmate. When his brother, Doodle, is born though he becomes selfish and ashamed of his brother. Brother is selfish when he says, “was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him.” The only reason a Brother taught Doodle how to walk was for his own personal gain. Brother is ashamed of Doodle because of his disability and [Doodle] walked only because [Brother] was ashamed of having a crippled brother.
However, Doodle stayed and felt sympathy for the scarlet ibis, which resulted in a clumsily dug grave and quiet burial. Doodle was the only one that stayed, the one that didn’t give the bird a quick glance then moved on with his day. He took time to give this beautiful bird a grave because he cared for the bird. In summary, Doodle’s ability to let his brother’s malicious nature towards him slide and digging the scarlet ibis a grave is proof that he’s a caring
And so, despite Doodle’s disabilities, he wanted to teach him how to walk, because he was ashamed of having a brother that couldn’t walk. For example, “Doodle told them it was I who had taught him how to walk, so everyone wanted to hug me, and I began to cry. ‘What are you crying for?’ asked Daddy, but I couldn’t answer. They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices; and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” (347). This quote from the story immensely shows how Brother is signified as selfish, and he forces Doodle to become someone he isn't, in order to not be perceived as different by other people.
The narrator’s family did not know “that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (469). The narrator kept pushing Doodle even though Doodle did not believe he could walk. The narrator did this because he could not deal with the fact of having a crippled brother. Doodle’s brother did not only want Doodle to walk, he wants Doodle to run, swim, and swing from vines
Another example was when Brother taught Doodle how to walk because he did not like having a brother who was different, but in the happiness of the moment when Doodle could finally walk, he thought, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride.”(347) This shows that he taught Doodle to walk to benefit for himself. He felt selfish when he realized this was mostly for him and not for Doodle. He was being self-centered, and only think of the benefits for himself rather than