Guilty Without a Doubt In The Scarlet Ibis, Brother and Doodles story is a perfect example as to why pride can be a destructive force. Doodle was pushed to the extreme by his brother. His brothers selfish pride took over his life and he just lost control, he couldn't handle it and his pride, and as a result an innocent life was lost, therefore Brother is guilty of Doodles death. He practically left him to die. On page three hundred fifty-three he says “I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us.” First of all from the story we knew that Doodle hated being left alone. Second we also knew that is was difficult for him to stand, walk, or run on his own much less in a huge storm in a heavy downpour by himself in the mud. Brother knew this the most because he said himself. “A long list of don'ts went with him, all of which I ignored once we got out of the house.” (Hurst 345) Brother was ashamed of having him as his little brother. In the story Brother has always wanted a little brother, but from the first moment he laid eyes on him he despised …show more content…
“I began to weep, and the tear-blurred vision in the red before me looked very familiar.” Forrest 3 (Hurst 354) When Doodles life was ended prematurely Brother realized after all of this time, how horrible he had been to poor Doodle and how much he truly loved and will miss him. In the end he may be .upset and all of his emotions came out, but he still is the one that made Doodle do all of the things. He is the reason that Doodle is gone and therefore is guilty. Brothers pride spun his life out of control. With that one of the biggest destructive forces is pride as seen in the story. It ended one's life and destroyed another. Brother was ashamed of Doodle, so he pushed him to the limit, and when the time came left him to die. Therefore Brother is guilty of murder in the case of Doodles
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Doodles brother is responsible for the death of his own brother. Three big reasons that led me to believe this is that he always wanted doodle gone from the beginning, he was ashamed and very embarrassed of having a disabled brother, and that he only helped doodle for his own personal benefit. All of those show why he left his brother in that storm to die. From doodles birth his brother never liked him or cared about him and wanted him gone. One example is “i began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.”
Since the moment Doodle was born, Bother was always disappointed that Doodle didn’t share the same traits as him. Since Doodle needed a lot of care, Brother didn’t want him to get in the way of his own life. “so I began to make plans to kill him” (line 41) Brother didn’t want Doodle’s disabilities to get in his way, so he just wanted to get rid of him. This reveals Brother’s selfishness and how he only cares about what will benefit himself. “and showed him his casket” (line 103)
The tone on which this part of the story is told makes the reader feel Brother's thoughts of regret and sadness while looking back on what he remembers of Doodle. As the rainstorm was building up, so were Brother's emotions. All he could think about was the shame he felt towards Doodle and what other people would think of him. In the beginning of this story, Brother is sitting by Doodles grave and thinking back at what had happened. “I sit in the cool, green-draped parlor, the grindstone begins to turn, and time with all its changes is ground away—and I remember Doodle” (line 13).
The narrator became ashamed of his brother and tried to resolve the problem by pushing Doodle past his limits. The narrator’s pride and selfish intentions eventually bring about the ultimate death of Doodle, showing that selfish pride generally causes more harm than good. By analyzing the story, it is easy to see that the theme that “spiteful cruelty toward a loved one often stems from wounded pride” is revealed
Brother, Doodle’s brother quotes, “When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who could not walk.” Brother obtains an immense amount of pride in himself where he even comments to tell the audience that he, himself, was embarrassed of having a younger brother who could not walk. This remark and the characterization of Brother eventually led to chaos where Brother abandons Doodle in a storm, and the outcome resulted in Doodle’s death. Because of Brother’s pride, it led to chaos that resulted in death. The short-term outcome of exhibiting pride toward a society or others may lead to self-benefit.
I do believe the brother did have to have some love for Doodle, he gave him his name after all. On page 345 it says, “It was I who renamed him… Crawling backward made him look like a doodlebug so I began to call him Doodle. Renaming my brother was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him, because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” But all in all if this brother truly had a sincere love for Doodle he would never have done the things he did to him or had any of the thoughts I’ve mentioned above.
Brother was at fault for Doodle’s death for pushing him too hard. Brother kept running in the rain and he left Doodle behind because he couldn’t keep up. Doodle and Brother were out practicing to make Doodle more normal.
Here is my evidence. First reason the narrator is guilty of Doodle’s death is because he was ashamed of him. This is clearly shown when brother makes the statement on page 347 “I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” This clearly shows the narrator's shame in Doodle. Another statement
Doodles brother was embarrassed to have a not all there brother. It was very clear at the beginning of the book that the brother wanted doodle dead. His brother never wanted to be around him because he was scared to be made fun of. He wanted doodle to run and swim and play like all the other children
It is the reason the world possesses beauty and the reason it possesses evil. Regardless of one’s personal perception of pride, I believe it is an important topic to explore through literature, current events, and through aspects of our own daily lives. Pride is recurring theme in the aforementioned story, “The Scarlet Ibis.” In the story, the narrator seeks to train his handicapped brother, Doodle, to play like a regular, unafflicted boy.
Brother planned to spend his entire life with Doodle, They "decided that when [they] were grown [they'd] live in Old Woman Swamp and pick dog-tongue" (Hurst). He wanted Doodle to have pride in himself and be able to do everything Brother wanted to do with him. Brother had pride in Doodle since he was first able to stand on his own and walk. He taught Doodle out of his own selfishness, he was ashamed of having an "invalid" brother and wanted to have "someone to race to Horsehead Landing, someone to box with, and someone to perch within the top fork of the great pine behind the barn, where across the fields and swamps you could see the sea" (Hurst). Brother was ashamed of the way he felt and his self-indulgent efforts for Doodle.
"Doodle!" I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain”(Hurst 6).This section shows from the end of Doodle’s life onward Brother has felt guilty. The whole story is Brothers story of the dangers of pride and his personal experience.
The Guilt in Pride Have you ever killed someone because your pride was hurt? The narrator in the short story "The Scarlet Ibis," by James Hurst, has always wanted a brother so bad. He finally gets a brother that everyone expects to die before being born. By some miracle the little brother didn’t die, so they decided to name him Doodle. At the end Doodle does die and this essay is to say if the narrator is guilty or not.
At first the narrator sees Doodle as a crazy frail brother but as we move into the story, we can observe a lot of varying feelings brother has towards Doodle. Brother described Doodle as unbearable, an invalid brother, a brother who was not there at all, so he started