As children, people often act in ways that will please their parents. Amir lives a childhood full of wanting to please his father. He believes it is his fault for killing his mother and taking Baba’s precious love. Numerous times Amir tries to be the strong and athletic son Baba has always wanted, though each try turns out to be futile. Amir is a poet.
In the story, “The Scarlet Ibis” author James Hurst uses indirect characterization through the thoughts and feeling of the protagonist towards his little brother Doodle to establish a meaningful theme. The theme is that being ashamed of those close to you often makes you lose sight of what that person may be going through, leading to regret in the future. In the beginning of the story, the protagonist talks about how his baby brother’s crawling made him resemble a doodle bug. This is why he calls his brother Doodle. “Renaming my brother was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him, because nobody expects much from someone named Doodle,” (3) the protagonist proceeds to explain.
The relationship between the two is more important than his work. Love: Love is a major theme in the poem “Bearhug”. Despite the fact that his father gave priority to his work and made him wait, Griffin loves his father unconditionally. When his father comes to give him a hug, he sticks to him like a magnet which shows the strong bond that was present between father and son. The father hugs him and because he loves him, realizes the mistake and feels guilty.
Tell my boys Ben!” (Miller 33). This showed the influence that Ben had on Willy, Willy was eager to show his sons, Happy and Biff how prestigious Ben was. After Willy’s father passed away he always made an effort to have Ben as a reminder to do better than average. He regularly told his wife Linda the plans he has set for the future; however Linda knew that he had acquired all he could and old age was not a good contribution. He was delusional about his reality and found it comforting to prepare answers to everyone who tried to tell him
Paul and his sibling always begged their mother not to do it, and I can understand how he felt during that horrid time in his life. But there was one person who comforted and cared for him; his wonderful Nonno Frankie. Paul feels,”...this wonderful Nonno Frankie was there for (him) when (he) was having a great struggle. There is no question in (his) mind today that he was the remarkable teacher and spirit who gave (Paul his) Pigman and (his) boyhood”(Zindel 8). Paul felt that his grandfather really helped him through his
However, after his friends repeatedly reassured Ponyboy that his older brother had been hard on him because he really loved and cared about him, Ponyboy slowly started to realize that, even though the two still fought a bit. I think the biggest part of Ponyboy’s
With this conviction came a store of assurance. He felt a quiet manhood, nonassertive but sturdy and strong of blood.” The emotions Henry felt clearly transformed him and caused him and the reader to grow with him, This change through the course of the novella intrigued readers and caused them to feel for the characters. This emotional sense was also present in An Episode of War toward the end of the story on page five hundred and thirteen when it said, “When he reached home, his sisters, his mother his wife, sobbed for a long time at the sight of the flat sleeve, ‘Oh well,’ he said, standing shamefaced amide those tears, ‘I don’t suppose it matters so much as all that.’” That last scene was one that was very powerful for it conveyed the sense of hurt pride that the lieutenant had for the loss of his arm. It also showed the remorse felt by his family members for letting him even go to war. During the time that was written, war was still a very sore subject that affected nearly everyone.
The reflective story The Scarlet Ibis is about the narrator looking back at his past. Then he said, “But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle has become mine. I did not know then that pride was a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death.” The narrator meant by this statement that he is proud to have a brother like Doodle, but pride could be wonderful or it could be detrimental. Pride in something or someone like Doodle getting Doodle to walk is good but when that pride overtakes in a self-pleasure way it could kill someone, like what it did to Doodle. Hence the overarching theme when the narrator puts all his pride in Doodle, and Doodle ends up failing, the narrators pride starts
Because Baba’s love for Amir is conditional, Amir feels as though he is an inadequate son in his father’s eyes—pushing him forward to attain Baba’s pride. Initially, Amir writes his first short story and goes to read it to Baba in his study. He receives a message from Rahim Khan admiring his gift of creative writing; Rahim Khan wrote to Amir that “It is now … [his] duty to hone that talent, because a person who wastes his God-given talents is a donkey” (34). In consequence, Amir would have been inspired to write Baba the best of stories. However, before Rahim’s commentary, Baba was not interested in reading or listening to his story; Amir mentions that “Baba nodded and gave a thin smile that conveyed little more than feigned interest” (33).
There are countless stories that have sappy endings where the hero saves the day and everything goes well, but in James Hurst’s short story ‘The Scarlet Ibis’ the main character makes mistakes that costs his little brother his life. Doodle, the little brother, has many different facets of his personality similar to a real person. It is because of these many facets that we, the readers, could connect to him.The most notable personalities that Doodle has is his selflessness, dependence on others, and his creative imagination. Doodle is very selfless and he is willing to walk to the edge of the earth just to see his family happy. He could not walk at all because of his birth defects, but his brother slowly but surely taught him how to first stand up, and then walk.