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Doodle Armstrong Character Analysis

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Who is responsible for William Doodle Armstrong’s death? His brother. Brother forced Doodle into learning how to be active, when Doodle didn’t think he could, and he didn’t want to. Brother didn’t even want Doodle as his brother because of his disabilities. And, he left Doodle all alone in the storm. Look what happened. Doodle’s brother forced him into learning how to be active, when Doodle didn’t think he could, and he didn’t want to. Doodle whined, “I can’t walk, Brother.” (4) But that didn’t stop him. Doodle’s brother suggested the idea of learning how to walk, and even though Doodle didn’t want to, his brother made him, anyways. “Doodle was both tired and frightened, and when he stepped from the skiff, he collapsed onto mud.” (11) Brother had pushed Doodle too hard, so he was fatigued, but also frightened of the storm. It wasn’t safe at all for his brother to be all alone, teaching him to be active. “Don’t hurt me, brother,” (5) Doodle warned. “Shut up. I’m not going to hurt you. I’m going to teach you how to walk,” (5) Brother snapped back. Brother was pushing Doodle forcefully, and Doodle didn’t want to be in torment. Brother didn’t want Doodle as a brother because of his disabilities. “I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” (2) In other words, just when Doodle was a…show more content…
Look what happened. “I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us.” (11) Doodle had fallen behind, and Brother decided to keep running, thinking that was an intelligent idea. “As I waited, I peered through the downpour, but no one came. Finally, I went back and found him huddled beneath a red nightshade bush beside the road.” (12) Brother waited, but no one came, and he couldn’t hear Doodle’s voice anymore, so he went back. “Doodle, Doodle!” (12) Brother cried, shaking him, but there was no answer but the ropy rain. Therefore, it was all Brother’s fault for leaving Doodle behind in the
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