“Two brothers, one mistake” Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. In "The Scarlet Ibis," a short story by James Hurst, the two main characters,"Brother" who is the narrator of this story, and Doodle who is the victim of Brother's cruel yet loving behavior. In the story the narrator has a brother with disabilities such as walking, and a heart problem. When the narrator's brother, Doodle turns five and he still cannot walk and he is starting school after summer. The narrator feels ashamed and embarrassed for having a brother that cannot walk.
“Odysseus sprang to his feet and gazed at his homeland. He groaned, smacked his thighs with his forehands, and in a voice choked with tears, said: ‘What land have I come to now?... I should have stayed with the Phaeacians’.” Odysseus finished a long, treacherous journey and finally returned to Ithaca. However, it had changed so much that he could not recognize it! All the efforts Odysseus made to come back home were futile because it looked like an unknown land.
What he found did not please him, and he panics upon his discovery of Doodle’s limp body, crying out for him as he held Doodle in his arms. The narrator calls for Doodle, saying “Let’s go, Doodle” (564). Upon not receiving an answer, he lifts his head to discover Doodle “had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red” (564). The narrator cries out “Doodle! Doodle!” (564) all the while shielding him from the rain, the final consequence of the pride that ruled the life of the narrator.
In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Brother doesn’t realize what his pride costs him until it’s too late. As a weak child, no one expects Doodle, Brother’s younger brother, to survive past infancy, but he does live. When Doodle turns six, Brother aims to teach him how to walk. It takes Doodle a while to get the hang of it, but with great patience and determination he achieves his goal. After a ferocious storm, a Scarlet Ibis drifts into the family's front yard, but is too weak and dies.
The act of crying and screaming by Brother for the death of his brother Doodle is a pure tragic scene and by such scene the reader makes the readers feel that Brother loves his brother Doodle and for such love he tried to protect him from an outside world. Such ending of The Scarlet Ibis is surprizing for both the narrator and the reader. In fact, the death of Doodle after growing up is unexpected by neither the narrator nor the reader. (Hamdi, DeAngelis, 2008, Page
The Scarlet Ibis The central problem in the story is the Narrator (the brother) not able to deal with Doodle’s disabilities. The narrator is motivated to teach Doodle to walk because he is embarrass that his brother can’t walk at the age of five. Doodle is brothers with the narrator and was born with a heart condition He died when he was six (before his seventh birthday) and was expected to die really young. In the beginning of the story, the seasons are personified because the summer was “dead” and autumn was “not yet born.” When the brothers race home, the narrator loses Doodle and then found him under a bush with blood bleeding from his mouth. After he realizes that his brother is dead; he then cover his brother’s body with his own body to
One thing is that the scarlet ibis isn’t supposed to be located there, and Doddle well they thought he was going to die, the even made him a casket. Another thing is that the ibis and Doodle both work themselves very hard. Finally, “He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red. He lay very awkwardly, with his head thrown back, making his vermilion neck appear unusually long and slim. His little legs, bent sharply at the knees, had never before seemed so fragile, so thin” (Hurst 139).
I’m not saying his life was perfect, but in many peoples point of view, including myself it seems like he was privileged. Now obviously people see things differently. Maybe in his point of view he just feels the need to abandon everything and he didn’t like his life. In Chris Ingram Remove The Bus essay about Into The Wild he states “For him to sever contact with his family and loved ones and die of simple starvation is just terribly sad and selfish (Online Source).” I completely agree with Chris Ingram. I feel this way because it’s immoral to leave family behind and I think it is just plain stupid that he just went to the forest and lived by
“The Scarlet Ibis,” written by James Hurst, is a bittersweet story. A weak autistic child is born into a family of cotton farmers. They name the child Doodle, which was given by his older brother. His brother was often cruel, but he pushed Doodle to work to fit in. They fail in their efforts at the end of summer.
He could not walk at all because of his birth defects, but his brother slowly but surely taught him how to first stand up, and then walk. Doodle accomplished an impossible feat. Even then he did not bask in the glory but “told [his family] that it was[ the narrator] who had taught him how to walk,”(206). Another instance of Doodle being selfless is when he is being trained by his brother. If someone made a person” swim until [he or she] turned blue and rowed until [he or she] couldn’t lift an oar”(209) the person would naturally complain about it.
In “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst we are told the story of Doodle from his brother’s perspective. We’re told just how crazy Doodle could be, how delicate he was and how he cared for a certain bird. Moreover, in “The Scarlet Ibis,” Hurst uses imagery to show the connection between Doodle and the scarlet ibis.The said bird is originally from the tropics but was found badly wounded in Doodle’s own backyard. It ended up falling out of a tree and dying. “Sadly, we all looked back at the bird.
The doctor states that even the strain put on doodles body from setting upward might kill him, due to his weak heart. Doodle 's brother consistently thinks about what it would be like to have a “normal” Brother. He wanted someone who could run, jump and play with him, instead having a weak and fragile brother known as doodle. Through the story the narrators brother doodle is pulled behind in a wagon, do the the fact that Doodle can 't walk. At this moment is when Brother decides to train Doodle to be what he portrays as a "normal human being" Eventually, at six years of age, Doodle learns to walk with help from Brother.