“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.
Getting Doodle to walk is something Doodle should want and not brother. The time Doodle had walked his first steps brother cried too, but he cried because he was untruthful. It was something he wanted and not Doodle. This brings me to the last point.
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”. One time he even
“I… uh...I’m sorry dad, I didn’t see the fence and I ran into it,” Gabe replied in a weak voice. “Well, you have to go tell the neighbors about this,”Gabe’s father said. 9. Went to Neighbor.
In “The Scarlet Ibis”, Hurst uses the theme of peer pressure to argue that the normative conformity with one’s reputation leads to death. In providing rationale for his brother, Doodle, the narrator exclaims “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him… (Hurst 176). The narrator statement explains his embarrassment of having a handicapped brother. The narrator didn’t get the normal brother with whom he could share his love of the outdoors. When he finds out he has an “invalid brother” he feels it's “unbearable”.
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.
I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us” (360). The narrator abandoned his brother during a vicious thunderstorm only because he wanted to retaliate against Doodle for not completing the program. Even the narrator himself said in the quote that a “streak of cruelty within me awakened” (Hurst, 360). The narrator knew that he was being cruel and proceeded with his actions, only out of spite and shame for his
(Crowe, x;xx) Dylan yells at his dad. Dylan gets kicked out of school for stealing, and his dad, Benjamin, decides a move for the family is good. Dylan doesn’t think the same, and gets angrier for Benjamin taking him away from all his friends. After a while at the zoo, Dylan still believes that Benjamin doesn’t care about him or respect him; “You’re funny with everyone else, but never with me.
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.
The story of Yankee Doodle is a well known story and has a catchy song to it too. You probably remember it as a kid but in the story “The Scarlet Ibis” one of the characters is named Doodle but the story isn't what you think it is. Doodle had a brother that wanted to teach him how to do thing to become more like a normal person because Doodle had this illness from birth. Brother was a good brother to Doodle for trying to help him become a normal person. Brother spent countless hours to try to help Doodle walk and become a normal person.
In the book “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst Brother don’t really care about his brother Doodle very much. He don’t like that he is different and doesn’t like that he can’t do anything on his own. But Brother learns to give Doodle a chance and ends up loving him. Brother is a pretty good brother by the end and of the book.
In “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst, Doodle is sensitive and is a static character. A scene in the story that shows this character trait is when the doctor was telling them of what he can and can’t do in order for him to stay healthy. “He mustn't get too excited, too hot, too cold, or too tired and that he must always be treated gently.” This reminds me of an elderly person and how sensitive their bodies are. This event is a good example because it shows that Doodle is fragile.
Pride brings fulfilment to people's lives on the surface, but below the surface it only brings destruction. In the short story, “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, the author present this idea through his excessively prideful character, Mathilde Loisel. Mathilde Loisel, an unsatisfied woman, takes all of her perfectly valid possessions to be proud of and throws them away resulting in years of hardship for her and her husband. Mathilde Loisel’s pride is disguised by lovely experiences and luxurious belongings only to be revealed as something of pure destruction. Pride will bring bliss only to later bring destruction.
James Hurst in "The Scarlet Ibis" uses the brother to illustrate that both selfish and caring motivations can help someone succeed. Not only caring acts, but also selfish acts can help people succeed. The brother actions leave positive and negative results that affect Doodle’s life. In spite of his natural feelings of pride, or perhaps because of them, the brother cares and loves Doodle.