Chapter Summary: The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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“THE SCARLET IBIS” Page 1 In In James Hurst's short story “ The Scarlet Ibis,” two brothers one named Doodle and the other one unnamed. Doodle is born weak and can not even pick himself up till he is two years old then gets put in the living room. The two brother spend a lot of time together go to Old Womans Swamp. The narrator is embarrassed of his younger brother so he decides to teach him to walk out of pride. Then his pride makes him do more and more till it eventually…show more content…
When they finally get back to shore Doodle collapse and the narrator knows that he has failed. It begins to storm and they are running through the rain and Doodle begins to fall behind and the narrator says, “The knowledge that Doodle's and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind…show more content…
The drops stung my face like nettles, and the wind flared the wet glistening leaves of the bordering trees. Soon I could hear his voice no more.” this means that the narrator doesn’t care about Doodle and only cares about himself. The only reason he was helping Doodle was so he didn’t have a crippled brother. Even though he came back for Doodle it is too late and Doodle is already died. The Scarlet Ibis symbolizes Doodle because when he was born he was not supposed to live and the Scarlet Ibis was not supposed to be their either. Also when Doodle dies he is symbolized by the bird because the bird was red and Doodle was covered in blood (he was also very red when he was born) which was red and they said the Scarlet Ibis had a long neck and the narrator described Doodle as having a long
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