Literary Criticism: “The Scarlet Ibis” “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it then the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone” (C.S. Lewis). Pride can be a dangerous thing if someone can not keep it under control. In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the narrator introduces his brother, Doodle, and his multiple health obstacles.
The short story “The Scarlet Ibis” shares a perspective of morality, selfish. Doodle was born with a tiny body, his skin was red. Everybody thought he was going to die, but he survived. Doodle’s brother the narrator, talks about his brother and that he wanted to have a normal baby brother. The narrator had a dark side, he hated taking his brother everywhere he went.
In “The Scarlet Ibis” one of the most important characters was the brother of Doodle. He is also the one telling the story. He is really important to the story because in a way he shaped Doodles personality. He took care of Doodle, pushed him to walk and killed doodle. He is very determined, somewhat careless, and selfish.
The brother leaves Doodle behind. The brother does this since he wants doodle to take care of himself. He wants to make it where he can do what he wants to do and this is his way of saying that Doodle needs to overcome his disabilities. Then As the brother walks back he finds Doodle dead. This was a story about what horrible greed can do.
In chapter 10, Siddhartha admitted to this misery, “He felt deep love for the runaway boy, like a wound, and yet felt at the same time that this wound was not intended to fester in him, but that it should heal.” (Hesse 126). Siddhartha experiences true suffering for the first time in these chapters. When Kamala died, he was sad, but not as much as the pain of losing his son. One of the hardest things for him to do was for him to let his son go. He knew he didn’t belong.
Soldiers are told to executing the order and unaware of the story and who the poor guy is. Peyton, however, is of more importance to the story. In a process of story, which has one of its central purposes is Peyton had romanticized the war, and get the consequences that he deserves. Caught burning the bridge, before his execution, he suddenly has created a whole another scenario which he escapes the execution. Peyton’s desire to live his thirst for life was significantly strong, he knows that there is no escape from this but still by his imaginary he could live long enough to enjoy the last few
He says in the play that, “Seize upon fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babes, and unfortunate souls.” (4.1.173-174) this is shown as cowardly. Not only because he doesn’t want to deal with the deed himself, but also because he goes so far as to slaying helpless people that he does not have to kill because of superstitions. Even though Okwonkwo seems more heroic than Macbeth, they’re still both considered heroes. In some ways these heroes are similar though. For instance, both characters have pride in themselves.
Regret is a common thing driven by sheer pride and most people find relatable. The story "The Scarlet Ibis," written by James Hurst, is based around the death of little brother Doodle. A gloomy setting starts the story off with names of their dead and songs seeming to die in the trees. Brother is serenaded in guilt and regret, for he is the reason brother is no longer. If Brother had not been so embarrassed by Doodle, than Brother wouldn 't have left him.
The De Lacye family is one of the few things that have brought joy to the Creature, but he knows that the way he looks is stopping him from this because the De Lacye family will judge him by the way he looks. “The servants were gone…. I proceeded to execute my plan but my limbs failed me” (Mary Shelley pg 95). The creature just wants to make friends and have companions to live and experience life
This led him to wish that his brother was different, and when seeing the opportunity he decided to help his brother walk. Although this may seem as if it was a compassionate and helpful act, the narrator did all of these things not for the well-being of his brother, but instead for himself. In the text, it describes, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.”(Hurst 389). This quote reveals the narrator’s true feelings and the selfishness that hid behind his righteous deeds. Also, the narrator selfishly became mad after not achieving his goal he had set with his brother.