Guilty or Not Can pride be a destructive force? Yes in “The Scarlet ibis” a crippled boy named Doodle died because his brother pushed him too hard Because he couldn 't walk. Others might say that Doodle 's brother did not kill him they will say that he is innocent. I believe that Doodle 's died because of his brother. On page “347” Doodles brother was ashamed of having a crippled brother.
Selfishness of a child is represented as a negativity in Brother’s life when he starts to cry after presenting a walking Doodle to his loved ones. “Doodle told them it was I who had taught him to walk, so everyone wanted to hug me, and I began to cry… They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all of their voices; and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother,” (347). At the time, Brother doesn’twant to be known as the boy with the crippled brother, so he does whatever he can to teach Doodle to walk. He cries due to the fact that his family’s glee is only present at the time due to him ashamed. His own desires have taken over his mind, and he acts upon them.
It is nice to be proud of the people one cares about but if one pushes him/her too far, pride could destroy the relationship between them. 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.
Only then, brother could have the sibling that he hoped to have since the beginning. A storm appeared with rushing clouds, and roaring thunder. Brother found Doodle after he selfishly left him because he was disappointed at Doodle for being too weak to swim. Brother narrates, “He was sitting on the ground, his face buried in his arms… He had been bleeding from the mouth.” Doodle, instead of becoming the sibling that his brother wanted, died after running away from the storm. If he was not left alone, this accident would not have happened.
“But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness”. Due to his father’s lack of work he pushed himself farther and is now pushing his own son nwoye. “Okonkwo’s first son, nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father anxiety for his incipient laziness”. In result of nwoye being lazy okonkwo threatens him to work, not only does he apply it to his first son but the rest of his family to the point where they are scared of his temper. Okonkwo wants his son to be successful and has hopes for him.
The short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst illustrates how if someone is too selfish it can result in bad consequences. In the beginning, the narrator or Brother is introduced as a man recalling memories of his little brother doodle. Doodle was a boy who was not born normal. When he was born he was a red, shriveled, disappointment. He wasn’t expected to live very long, but did, so after two months they decided to name him.
Edgar Allen Poe describes the narrator as being very disappointed in Doodle. He was lonely being an only child and wanted a brother to play and be accompanied with. Unfortunately, he got a brother he didn’t want; it was like his brother was not “all there.” When Doodle was born, he had a big head with a tiny, red, shriveled up body. Unable to play, walk, or even stand, Doodle’s brother had to pull him around everywhere with a go-cart, which disappointed and embarrassed the narrator greatly. He was not happy having a disabled toddler as a brother, which led him to the unbearable thought of killing Doodle.
It is in the paragraph in which Doodle’s brother teaches Doodle to stand alone is essential, because it allows the reader to feel emotional connection towards Doodle and the author develops this situation as a major climatic book in the short story The Scarlet Ibis. Doodle is a young boy who is mentally disabled, resulting in him not able to stand on his own feet. His brother is embarrassed and ashamed of Doodle’s inability to stand, let alone walk, or play like the other boys. Therefore, he set out to teach him to walk, which was a difficult process because Doodle didn’t want to try. It was only until Doodle’s brother painted a picture of Doodle and him in the future where they are old men and Doodle isn’t able to walk and “this never failed to make him try again.” This picture is the turning point and the prime reason that Doodle tried to stand and was able to overcome his fear.
Someone who does not know the real reason Brother wanted to help teach Doodle learn to walk would admire Brother’s decision to help Doodle, but in reality it was for Brother’s own personal gain. After a day of intense training that left doodle exhausted, Doodles heart was beating faster and faster as he called for help, but Brother ignored Doodles cries of “brother, brother, don't leave me! Don't leave me” (Hurst: “The Scarlet Ibis”, 604). Brother’s quick decisions to force doodle to be “normal” caused Doodle to die and brought hardship to their family. Unfortunately, this is the time when brother fully understands the affects his choice made.
Okonkwo’s actions sometime make him sympathetic. They make him sympathetic because his father and one of his wives and sometimes other characters in the story. They usually make him lose his temper and I understand why he loses his temper. The reason why Okonkwo’s family relationships make him sympathetic is because they usually give him a reason to lose his temper. A character in the story that he can not stand is his father Unoka.” He had no patience with unsuccessful men, he had no patience with his father.” HIs father was not a good person to look up to , and he grew up hating his father.