In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, a boy is born crippled and no one thought he would live. The boy lived however, and they named him Doodle. Doodle and his brother were very close and Doodle loved his brother and never wanted his brother to leave him alone. Doodle’s brother was ashamed to have a crippled brother so he attempted to help doodle become normal throughout doodle’s life in the story. Doodle loved his brother, even though his brother was very selfish in his reasons to help Doodle to become normal, and his brother realized how selfish and guilty he was when it was to late for Doodle in the end.
Doodle loved his brother. Doodle always wanted to be with his brother brother and tried to do whatever his brother asked …show more content…
When Doodles brother cried when doodle walked in front of their parents but not for the fact that he taught Doodle to walk he knew he was being selfish. Although he wasn’t crying because doodle could walk but because he knew he was being selfish and wrong because he only helped him because he was ashamed to have a crippled brother and wanted to fix his pride. His pride was more important to him then doodle was. Which is the main reason he helped Doodle and he knew he was wrong for this so he cried but he didn’t change even though he knew he was wrong. When doodle failed to become normal before the storm his brothers pride felt ruined. He was cruel and ran from Doodle when he fell on their way home because of the storm. He didn’t keep running because he was frightened he kept running because he was angry and disappointed in Doodle for ruining his pride. When doodle never caught up and he turned around to look for him. He found the end of his brother which disappointed him so much that he left him alone in the storm. He weeped that doodle was dead but he also weeped because it was his fault that his brother died. He finally regretted being
The story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, shows how one brother’s pride can destroy the relationship between the two brothers. The narrator of the story has a crippled brother named Doodle. Doodle cannot walk properly and is weak because he was born as a caul baby. His body is a reddish hue and shriveled like an old man. He cannot do many things but he loves his brother with all his heart.
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 a lot of his own time to help teach Doodle things like to walk. Everyone said that Doodle would never be able to stand up, but brother was tired of lugging doodle everywhere so he taught him how to walk. ”I'm going to teach you to walk doodle”(Hurst 2). With everything that brother did to help out Doodle to become a normal a normal person meant a lot to Doodle. Doodle was the only thing
Doodle ended up learning to walk and talk, which shows that he develops throughout the story. As you know, the name of the poem is "The Scarlet Ibis," which you can connect to the rage and redness of Doodle's brother wanting to kill him. Doodle is very weak he seemed all head with a tiny body that was red and shriveled like an old man. Everybody thought he was going to die—everybody except Aunt Nicey, who had delivered him.
On page 347 the brother admits his guilt, “’What are you crying for?’ asked Daddy, but I couldn’t answer. 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.” As you can see, the brother not only avoided the doctor’s directions of no walking because Doodle is special, but only taught him for the plain reason of being ashamed of a disabled sibling. This harmful pride doesn’t stop there.
When the storm starts to get worse, they start to run, but Doodle falls behind. When Brother comes back for Doodle, all he sees is a lifeless corpse laying down by a tree. It was Doodle. He left Doodle behind and went ahead thinking he could escape the storm, then come back for Doodle, displaying selfishness. This is when Brother realizes that Doodle was the greatest gift of a brother, and that he would have appreciated Doodle more.
Do you ever feel like you are out of place? Do people behave differently towards you? In James Hurst’s short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” a character by the name of Doodle is disabled at a young age. This results in his elder brother, also the narrator, to behave with conflicting personalities toward Doodle. In his short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurst uses Doodle’s brother in order to show how he is both cruel and kind towards his younger brother Doodle.
"Doodle!" I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain”(Hurst 6).This section shows from the end of Doodle’s life onward Brother has felt guilty. The whole story is Brothers story of the dangers of pride and his personal experience.
Brother planned to spend his entire life with Doodle, They "decided that when [they] were grown [they'd] live in Old Woman Swamp and pick dog-tongue" (Hurst). He wanted Doodle to have pride in himself and be able to do everything Brother wanted to do with him. Brother had pride in Doodle since he was first able to stand on his own and walk. He taught Doodle out of his own selfishness, he was ashamed of having an "invalid" brother and wanted to have "someone to race to Horsehead Landing, someone to box with, and someone to perch within the top fork of the great pine behind the barn, where across the fields and swamps you could see the sea" (Hurst). Brother was ashamed of the way he felt and his self-indulgent efforts for Doodle.
Doodles brother is responsible for the death of his own brother. Three big reasons that led me to believe this is that he always wanted doodle gone from the beginning, he was ashamed and very embarrassed of having a disabled brother, and that he only helped doodle for his own personal benefit. All of those show why he left his brother in that storm to die. From doodles birth his brother never liked him or cared about him and wanted him gone. One example is “i began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.”
When the storm hits, the two brothers run back to the house but Doodle can not keep up and brother taken over by pride leaves him there alone. That powerful pride that brother has, always breaks his bond with Doodle, after the failed lesson they just had, he gives up on his brother. The narrator, clearly has a lot of things going on inside his head, lost he just leaves him there because of his failure and an inside pride. “I began to weep and the tear-blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar. Doodle I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his.
When Doodle and his brother were playing one day his brother carried him up to the barn and made him touch his coffin that had been prepared for him. Doodle’s Brother was embarrassed by him because he was five years old and could not walk. Doodle’s brother did not want Doodle to go to school and not be able to
Doodle Being Pushed Beyond Pushing to extremes can be extremely dangerous when talking about something. There is a line between pushing to the limits and pushing beyond the limits. Pushing beyond the limits can create danger with something that someone maybe might not be capable of. In the story Scarlet Ibis Brother pushes his brother Doodle beyond the limits. Brother pushing Doodle beyond the limits created great danger throughout the story.
Doodle decided, whether out of loyalty or personal aspirations, to force himself to learn how to do what his brother could actively do. Furthermore, critics of the brother, will state that Doodle’s death was caused by the narrator abandoning Doodle in the storm. At first glance, one would agree with the above statement. Nevertheless, one must take into consideration the fact that the narrator is a young boy who is still coming to terms with his brother’s invalidity. He is still not able to decipher Doodle’s special needs.
When the story begins, Doodle is born with many complications. The doctors said he would die and the family of which Doodle belonged too thought the same. Doodle’s older brother, who was six at the time, overheard his mother talking about how Doodle might never be truly aware of his surrounding or be able to function in general. After hearing this, the older brother thought it was best to put Doodle out of his misery before it got any worse : “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but one who possibly was not there was unbearable, so I planned to smother him with a pillow” (Hurst 464). The actions and characteristics that Doodle’s older brother shows the reader is very clear.