Literary Analysis: The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst

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Literary Analysis: “The Scarlet Ibis” Why do people hurt the ones they love? Is it based off jealousy, selfishness, embarrassment, or even for pride? In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” written by James Hurst, a boy named Doodle was not quite born the same as everyone else, he was incapable of walking, running, swimming, or fighting. His brother attempted to help him, but appeared to actually hurt him. The plot and conflict reveal the theme by conveying the question of why people injure loved ones. During the conflict of the story, the narrator abandons Doodle to try to help him by leaving him behind to learn to catch up on his own but the opposite happens, and Doodle collapses and perishes. The narrator admitted that “at times [he] was
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