“There is nothing wrong with having pride, but there is something wrong with letting pride destroy your relationship.” The short story “the Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst was based on the prideness between two brothers and its effects. Sense of Infallibility was one effect that took control over Brother, that lead to deceitfulness. The proudness between the two brothers was two sided, also know as biased. Brother had all right to believe in his own infallibility. Not only did he believe in his infallibility but Doodle believed in him too. Doodle was born with a weak heart, he never could do active activities without overworking his heart. Brother decided to teach Doodle how to walk. Although it was something that brother wanted, yet Doodle …show more content…
Doodle always wanted a brother who will care for him and keep him safe. At the end of the story deceitfulness was shown when brother left Doodle alone in a storm. Brother also mislead Doodle, through having him done things he was not capable of doing. Being deceitful can sometimes break a good relationship or lead to a lot of worse things. Not only did brother mislead Doodle, but he was untruthful to Doodle. 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. Pride can be two sided. In the short story only one side of the situations was seen. Pride was seen as a wonderful but terrible thing. “The Scarlet Ibis” showed more of the terrible side, although there was a wonderful side too. On the one hand brother pushed Doodle too hard and that lead to the terrible side of pride. Brother never cared for Doodle. He wanted Doodle to be a normal kid before going to school. Also the short story had a wonderful side. Although brother wanted to kill Doodle, he later started loving him. Things Doodle said and did, made pride a wonderful
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Shame is a powerful emotion that leads people to do things absentmindedly, that could lead to dreadful outcomes. In James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis” Doodle is a disabled child that can not do things that others can do easily. Brother tries to shape Doodle into a regular kid, which ends badly. When Doodle doesn't improve at as fast as his brother wants him to, he only pushes him harder. Brothers sense of shame leads to Doodle being pushed too hard and eventually dying.
Doodle taught Brother the lesson that people mistreat the ones they love most. Even though Brother loved Doodle, he would push his anger on him, without thinking about it. He made Doodle touch the coffin that was made for him as an infant, because no one thought he would live. Brother did this just because he was frustrated “One day I took him up to the barn loft and showed him his casket”(4).
Brother took Doodle under his wing so he could teach him thing to become more of a normal person. Doodle learned how to row a boat, swim, and many more things by having brother teach him how to do it all. With brother teaching Doodle how to do things they always liked to go to Old Woman Swamp to hang out and play. Doodle just meant so much to brother that brother just wanted to help out any way he can with Doodle. This is how much brother would do for Doodle to teach him to be more like a normal
Doodle was right behind his brother all of the way so his brothers pride caused him to run faster and away from Doodle to try to push him to see if he could catch to up him. Doodle’s brother was far ahead of him now so he slowed down he began to hear Doodle call out to him saying,“Brother stop help me!” but his pride would not let him turn around and help his brother. When Doodle’s brother made it to the house he started to wait on his brother but he could no longer hear him calling so he ran back to go find him and he found him against a tree dead because his heart had burst.
“He was born when I was six, from the outset, a disappointment”. (Hurst, 350) from the moment Doodle was born he was viewed as not good enough for the narrator. The narrator had longings of what a brother would be like, when his new brother was physically incapable to live up to his desire he tried to change him out of pridefulness. Embarrassment and pride were the only reasons that Doodle was taught to walk, not because the narrator thought he was able. “Shut up, I’m not going to hurt you, I’m going to teach you to walk” (Hurst, 354) Doodle’s disability was not something he could ‘fix’, and on account of his brothers ego, Doodle was pushed too far, thus ultimately he could be pushed no
He says “but having (a brother) who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” The narrator eventually discovers his brother is “all there” or mentally sound so he decides to try to teach him to walk and make him into the brother he wants him to be. He realizes that he is only teaching Doodle due to his own pride. He doesn’t want to have a brother with a disability. When his brother first walks he says, “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.”
Argumentative essay “THE SCARLET IBIS.” “There are two kinds of pride both good and bad ‘good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect ’bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks conceit and arrogance." John C. Maxwell a contemporary author and inspirational speaker enlightens the reader with his profound view about pride this life coach inspires individuals to be aware of the two faces of pride both good and bad. Pride can be a good and bad thing to possess therefore, pride is an unattractive thing to possess as a human because you can hurt family and friends and hurt yourself, and hurt relationships close to you.
The narrator became ashamed of his brother and tried to resolve the problem by pushing Doodle past his limits. The narrator’s pride and selfish intentions eventually bring about the ultimate death of Doodle, showing that selfish pride generally causes more harm than good. By analyzing the story, it is easy to see that the theme that “spiteful cruelty toward a loved one often stems from wounded pride” is revealed
The brother was easily the guilty suspect in this case. The question here is whether or not Doodle’s cause of death was his brother’s own pride. Throughout the book, The Scarlet Ibis, Doodle’s brother gives us a plethora of quality examples as to why the death of his brother was surely his to bear. The brother was overly prideful.
Doodles brother was embarrassed to have a not all there brother. It was very clear at the beginning of the book that the brother wanted doodle dead. His brother never wanted to be around him because he was scared to be made fun of. He wanted doodle to run and swim and play like all the other children
“Pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death” (Hurst 2). This is how James Hurst describes pride in his heart-wrenching short story, “The Scarlet Ibis.” What speaks to me most about this quote is its profound truth. For the majority of people, pride is either a positive or negative thing, but what Hurst and I seem to agree about is the fact that pride can be both. It is an undeniable symptom of the human condition, a tool that can either create or destroy, and is responsible for the best and worst parts of history.
Pride can be a positive or negative element in someone's life. It can help them succeed in their efforts or cause them to become greedy and selfish. In the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, the main character Brother shows the theme of pride through his persistence and love for Doodle. Brother had pride in Doodle, considering his brother as "his"; he always persisted in working tirelessly with him on his successes. "
At first the narrator sees Doodle as a crazy frail brother but as we move into the story, we can observe a lot of varying feelings brother has towards Doodle. Brother described Doodle as unbearable, an invalid brother, a brother who was not there at all, so he started