Pride In The Rocket Man

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Relationships can be affected by pride causing unawareness in people. The idea of pride is expressed in “The Rocket Man” by Ray Bradbury and “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. In “ The Rocket Man”, pride can be seen when Doug’s father chooses outer space over his family without even acknowledging how this decision may affect the people around him. In “The Scarlet Ibis”, Brother’s pride leads him to become careless about Doodle causing Doodle’s death. Pride cause people to act without thinking of the influence their actions have on others.
In Ray Bradbury’s, The Rocket Man, Doug’s father, overlooks the importance of his family, causing him to become obsessed with his personal desires. Doug’s father, also known as Rocket Man, is torn between his love of space and his family. Eventually, Rocket Man faces a tough decision that could potentially impact him, and more importantly, his personal relationships. Bradbury suggests that
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Brother cannot fathom the reality of having an abnormal sibling. Brother uses his pride as a way to help Doodle succeed, but Brother only did it because of the embarrassment and disappointment that Doodle is. In James Hurst’s, The Scarlet Ibis, Hurst insinuates that pride is controlling Brother when he thinks to himself, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride whose slave i was…” (Hurst 218). In the quote, Brother is taken over by his selfish pride. When brother says, “that pride whose slave I was” he implies that he is being controlled by pride and only doing things for himself rather than for the significant people in his life. It is clear that Brother’s pride is prominent throughout the story. Without Brother’s pride, Doodle would have never believed in himself, but then again, Doodle also wouldn’t have been pushed too hard leading to his
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