This goes off the sense that most good deeds have evil roots. For instance, The reader knows that the narrator is a bad brother when the brother renames him Doodle. The brother says,"It was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle" Hurst 8. Renaming a loved one would be an act of kindness but not renaming someone a rude name. He renames him Doodle because his little brother is weak and doesn't do anything; he is invalid.
When he took Doodle to Horsehead Landing before the first day of school he fills shame of failure but he doesn't stop trying even when he knows it's fatal. (p.416) This is one of the reasons of how the brother causes Doodles death because he made him work to hard and by having little concern for Doodle and more about his pride from what he
“Brother, brother, don’t leave me!” In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurts writes about a child who is born with disabilities that cause him to be treated differently. Eventually, his older brother is so embarrassed by him that he decides to teach him to be normal and the ways of life. The author writes about how embarrassing feelings overcome people and force them to do strange things they would have never done before. Also, the leading results can impact someone’s individual life. Doodle’s disabilities affected him from birth so he was not treated equal and his brother wanted him to learn the things he should already know.
The narrator is very irate when he finds out his brother is different and “isn’t all there.” Doodle has a dissent with his family when they tell him not to touch the scarlet ibis. Doodle’s life was abridged due to his brother’s stupid mistake of abandoning him there. Doodle was an adherent of the Scarlet Ibis because he had sympathy for and towards it. The family would be irate at the narrator for not taking care of doodle even when he
Doodle always wanted a brother who will care for him and keep him safe. At the end of the story deceitfulness was shown when brother left Doodle alone in a storm. Brother also mislead Doodle, through having him done things he was not capable of doing. Being deceitful can sometimes break a good relationship or lead to a lot of worse things. Not only did brother mislead Doodle, but he was untruthful to Doodle.
This is shown when the narrator starts to cry because his brother can walking. At first we feel a sense of love between the brothers. However the story writer quickly changes the mood by saying in the 3rd page “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.” This helps set the mood because it shows how far the narrator would go just so that his brother wouldn't hurt his pride or ego. It also supports the theme because at first it seems as if the narrator truly wanted to help his brother but then quickly realises he only did it for himself. In this essay I discussed the theme and how it was developed.
People often wonder whether pride is a destructive force or not. Pride can in fact be a very dangerous and even deadly force. After reading the short stories The Scarlet Ibis and The Stag at the Pool, they both prove this theory that too much pride can lead to people doing good things for the wrong reasons. In the story The Scarlet Ibis, Brother has a sibling with disabilities that make him abnormal and very delicate. Brother knows about Doodle’s poor condition and ignores it when he is teaching his crippled brother how to walk.
This affected Simon a lot he only wanted his parents to love him. In these stories two unordinary people defy the odds and prove people wrong. They were always the underdogs and people didn't like them although they didn't try to understand them. Simon was also fortunate to have a caring brother who treated him right unlike Doodle’s selfish brother. They are also always happy and never down.
The narrator’s pride lead to the death of his little brother, Doodle. When we think of siblings we all think of someone to play, run, fight, and talk to with but, narrator wasn’t able to do those things with his little brother Doodle The narrator often failed to appreciate Doodle. Doodle was very small and fragile. He was born with a very weak heart so, he couldn’t do much. The narrator thought that because Doodle couldn’t play, run, fight, and talk to him his brother was “crazy”.
“It is better to lose your pride with someone you love than to lose someone you love with your useless pride” - Unknown “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst is the story of a boy and his sickly younger brother, Doodle. The older brother (the narrator) was embarrassed that Doodle was unable to do normal, physical things. The narrator set off to teach his brother to walk, swim, and run, but his pride caused him to push his little brother too hard, which eventually led to Doodle’s death. The narrator was heartbroken that he caused his brother to die. By examining pride’s role in “The Scarlet Ibis” and in real life, it is evident that pride can be dangerous and destructive.