In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, a boy is born crippled and no one thought he would live. The boy lived however, and they named him Doodle. Doodle and his brother were very close and Doodle loved his brother and never wanted his brother to leave him alone. Doodle’s brother was ashamed to have a crippled brother so he attempted to help doodle become normal throughout doodle’s life in the story. Doodle loved his brother, even though his brother was very selfish in his reasons to help Doodle to become normal, and his brother realized how selfish and guilty he was when it was to late for Doodle in the end.
After knowing that Brother had gone against the doctor’s order, the parents do not try to convey to Brother how this would not be the best thing for Doodle’s condition. Furthermore, Brother and Doodle are never required to inform their parents where they head off to and, what Brother and Doodle actually do when unsupervised. The parents are also very oblivious of Doodle’s and Brother’s life as seen by the shock they had when they had observed Doodle walking. This kind of parenting has left a negative impact upon Brother as Mama and Daddy do not make time to explain to him how special Doodle is and, how lucky Brother is to have Doodle even alive.
“I did not know then that pide is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death” (Hurst 354). Unfortunately in the “Scarlet Ibis” Doodle was killed at the hands of pride owned by his own brother. When Doodle was born he had a condition that made him extremely fragile. His older brother was very ashamed of him. When Doodle was older the narrator thought that despite what the doctor had said he would teach him how to do things that a regular boy could do.
Brother put lots of his time, effort, and care into Doodle even though "It's a miracle [he] didn't give up" (Hurst). His efforts showed the pride he had, or at least wanted to have in his younger sibling; even if it was rooted in selfishness. Pride is what motivated Brother to help him, though he wished it was his family which gave him the grit to always push Doodle to success. Brother
The readers learn to value relationships, to not allow pride to become an evil necessity, and to appreciate the little things. These all combine to contribute to the overall theme. With the narrator’s brother, becoming weaker and weaker, day by day, it creates an uneasy feeling arising from the reader, about the results of Doodle, and if he will survive. The narrator reflects back on the memories, and the love he surely had for Doodle, “There is within me (and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction, and at times I was mean to Doodle” (597). This quote justifies the guilt the narrator had, in effect of not every fully acknowledging the passion and devotion he actually had towards Doodle.
But brother (narrator) pushed Doodle with a goal of getting him to walk before his first day of school. Brother pushed Doodle to do as much harsh things until he couldn't handle it anymore. Since Doodle was supposed to die as an infant he was already risking being alive for 5 more years and walking and running. As
Although, brother begins to feel remorse and terrible about how he treated his brother throughout his life. As an adult, the narrator began to understand Doodle and himself much more fully, and he now recognizes how his own selfish pride led
Everyday Brother would take Doodle out to this swamp to practice skills like swimming and running. They practiced until he collapsed, and then he would get back up and do it again. “I purposely walked fast, and although he kept up, his faced turned red and his eyes became glazed” (Hurst 4). He purposely walked fast even though he knew Doodle could not keep up. His eyes became glazed and his face turned red because he was being push to the extremes.
Doodle was right behind his brother all of the way so his brothers pride caused him to run faster and away from Doodle to try to push him to see if he could catch to up him. Doodle’s brother was far ahead of him now so he slowed down he began to hear Doodle call out to him saying,“Brother stop help me!” but his pride would not let him turn around and help his brother. When Doodle’s brother made it to the house he started to wait on his brother but he could no longer hear him calling so he ran back to go find him and he found him against a tree dead because his heart had burst.
“The Scarlet Ibis” Essay Have you ever known a person to be responsible for his own brother’s death? That’s what happened in “The Scarlet Ibis”. The narrator (whose name is not known) inadvertently caused his brother Doodle’s death, when the narrator ran from Doodle in a rainstorm, even when Doodle called out to his brother and told him not to leave him. Doodle had a condition which caused him to be different from everyone else, and his brother helped him learn to walk, and tried to teach him other things, such as swimming. In the rainstorm, the narrator ran from Doodle, and Doodle must have fallen and died somewhere, because when his brother came back for him, Doodle was dead.
Brother now sees the horrible effect pride has had changed his life. In this story Brother has learned that pride has covered his love. He has also learned that Doodle has loved him and if they would have loved each other equally that maybe Doodle could have died differently. This story is a life lesson. Pride affects everybody and it is important to remember that their is a cruel streak in
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
Ironically after Brother has realized that he had abandoned Doodle he goes back to find him face down. Hurst writes, “He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red. ‘Doodle ! Doodle !’ I cried, shaking him, but there was no answer but ropy rain. ”After he realized what he had done Brother is suddenly filled with guilt that Doodle was now dead.
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.