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 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.
Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse. Doodle’s desire was to be loved and supported by his family. He was invalid - he could not walk; thus everyone had low expectations towards him and thought he would die except for Aunt Nicey. His brother (the narrator) tried to kill him as he saw him an unbearable disappointment and his father had built him a mahogany coffin. For instance, “It was I who renamed him [...] Crawling backwards made him look like a Doodlebug, […] because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” Society’s attentiveness is predominantly towards the aspects of and in this story Doodle’s impairment seemed to have negative impacts on him that the society has caused.
Doodle has a variety of physical limitations such as he cannot become “too excited, too hot, too cold, or too tired and that he must always be treated gently” (417).The narrator resents Doodle due to all these physical limitations. The ways the narrator in “The Scarlet Ibis” kills his younger brother are he pushes his physical conditions, he is prideful, and he abandons him.
After watching Myrtle get hit by a car, Wilson spirals into a depression fueled by madness, and although he eventually killed Gatsby out of revenge, George Wilson remains on of the more moral characters in Fitzgerald’s work. Wilson lived his life as a man of God, holding onto his values above all else, and when those morals failed him, he lost all sense of who he was. Those who hold a high standard of morals, such as George Wilson, often have more to lose, and as a result don’t handle tragedy well. Moral individuals in the lower classes have less to fall back on, and therefore more to lose. This can often lead to them not handling tragedy well, because they feel as though their morals have failed them.
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.
It puts so much pressure on Doodle that it made him give up. It's the narrators fault for the following reasons: he was selfish, he was embarrassed of him, and he pressured him. The narrator was being selfish as he admitted that he did it for himself because he was ashamed of Doodle being crippled. Doodle looks up to his brother and would do anything for his approval. The narrator knows that his brother's heart is weak, forces Doodle
His brother only thinks of himself and only cares of his own achievements and success, making him not care so much for his brother which leads him to the guilt in the end of the story from what happened and what he did to his brother. The Scarlet Ibis connects with this theme because the Scarlet Ibis is a representation of Doddle in the story, foreshadowing what will happen to Doodle and how his brother is left with the feeling of guilt from Doodle’s death (the theme of guilt). In conclusion, the story uses many different forms of symbols and foreshadowing, some listed, to help get the reader's thinking and to create another meaning to the story besides what’s just literally written down in the text. They both help connect to the main theme of the story and in the end, instead of making the story a boring book required for class, it becomes a piece of literary art because of its multitudes of meanings and beauty from inside the
Theodore Laurence also acted impulsively when he embarrassed Margaret March because he got irritated from Josephine for not telling him a secret. Mr. Laurence, Theodore 's grandfather, showed that he regretted not having a good relationship with his son and how he wished that things were different. Sometimes people deserve to be punished because of their irritating actions, but in the end, it is often a possibility that holding a grudge can often worsen the situation. Losing a loved one is hard, especially if things were left on a bad note. Mr. Laurence, Theodore 's grandfather, showed that he regretted not having a good relationship with his son and how he wished that things were different.