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
Turning from a prideful boy to being merciful toward his dead brother. In fact, it all began when his brother was born, “with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man’s” (595). Doodle is weakened and incapable of doing activities normal kids do at his age. The narrator encourages Doodle to keep on pushing, but no sooner does the narrator learn that pushing Doddle over his limitations will sooner or later kill him. The narrator kills Doodle indirectly, as a consequence of the lack of knowledge he has about Doodle’s medical issues, and as said before, being enveloped in pride.
Brother knows about Doodle’s poor condition and ignores it when he is teaching his crippled brother how to walk. Brother isn’t doing this great act to be kind, he is doing this because he is embarrassed to have a brother with disabilities. “They did not know that I did it for myself, that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me
The first instance when red is used, is to express warning and the older brother’s attitude, is at Doodle’s birth. The quote “He seemed all head with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man’s”, Gave the reader a view of how fragile Doodle’s body is. They thought at first, he was not going to make it, but he ended up surviving. When the mom explains to the older brother, Doodle is different and will not be able to do things that other kids do, he is then disappointed at having Doodle as his brother. He wants to be able to do things with Doodle, like he would be able to do with the other kids,
In the story the Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst the narrator knows what he did was wrong. In the end, he realized that his own pride was the downfall for his own little brother. For wanting a normal little brother and not a crippled one. As stated on page 2 “ It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make my plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow”. Clearly, in this sentence, it shows that the narrator would rather have no brother at all than having one that is crippled.
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”.
The protagonist was so desperate for a normal brother that he set out to train his brother to get over everything his disability prevented him from doing. In the end, however, he pushes his brother too hard, and Doodle dies. This is a story that uses foreshadowing to hint to the reader about pride, and how it is both a wonderful, and terrible thing. The speaker wanted an able-bodied brother desperately, and having a crippled brother tore into him, “...so [he] began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow,” (1), until his brother, Doodle, smiled at him, and proved that he was indeed all there. The narrator was six, and for the time being, that smile from Doodle was enough.
Doesn’t everyone need to be rescued sometime in life? The narrator in “Sonny’s Blues” struggles with his own identity and finding himself. He has a sense of insecurity and conformity to escape his past and where he comes from. The narrator finds himself focusing on his brother’s mistakes in life when in reality; he is questioning his inner insecurities. The narrator believes he must rescue his brother but realizes first he must find rescue himself.
During his first encounter with his student, Pemberton disapproves of his student’s behavior towards his mother and “reflect[s], somewhat grimly, that the first thing he should have to teach would be to appear to address himself to his mother when he spoke to her (20-23)”. This sentence establishes a disapproving attitude towards his pupil with the word “grimly”; in other words, Pemberton’s first impression of his charge is not a positive one. Interestingly, class hierarchy also plays a small role in this negative perception, as it is likely that Pemberton expects his charge’s manners to be of better quality based upon his aristocratic status. Later, Pemberton’s feelings about his pupil intensify from frowning to distaste; his student responds to his request for his salary’s size with “a strange little comment, in the shape of the mocking, foreign ejaculation, ‘Oh, la-la’! (76-78)”.
The brother hates his brother doodle. He wants from his handicapped brother to be a normal man because he got the shame for his brother. Outer conflict Man vs. man The conflict here is between doodle and his brother. Doodle is a handicap boy who can’t do some things like running fast, talking fast, read quickly, and other things. So, Doodle conflict with his brother.
As The Scarlet Ibis is told through flashbacks, the narrator’s personality shows itself. He is young, naive, and childishly cruel at times. Brother allows his current self to reflect upon the person he once was and realize he has changed. As a reader, we realize that Doodle’s death jaded him. After all of these years, he still regrets what happened to Doodle and wonders if it truly was his fault.