Imagine you have a sibling that can’t do anything with you because of a disability he has. Brother treated doodle poorly because he was embarrassed of his disability and wanted to get him fixed so doodle was less embarrassing to brother .Brother is not a good brother because he was embarrassed of his own brother and he treated him poorly because of something doodle couldn’t help. Brother made doodle do things he shouldn’t be able to. doodle isn’t supposed to walk but brother wants to prove everybody wrong. “I can’t walk, brother’ he said. ‘Who says so?’ I demanded” (Hurst 3). When doodle was born they said it was really likely doodle wasn’t gonna make it because of weak bones and heart. But brother still demanded
“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
“To be human is to be beautifully flawed.”(Eric Wilson). All humans are flawed. That is what makes them human. Flaws sometimes are hurtful, but they make the character interesting. In most stories, all developing characters have flaws. Many problems are caused by a character’s personal flaw. They can also be what draws the reader in, and it can be what connects the reader to the character. A certain fatal flaw is the inability to let go. In the stories, “Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Scarlet Ibis” all of the characters are related because of their inability to let go.
Foremost, the main character forces his handicapped sibling to walk to boost his own self-image, despite his brother’s protests, and the fact that everyone: “Mama, the doctor- everybody” say that he is unable to walk. (p.598) The older brother forces Doodle to learn how to walk and mercilessly demands he also run, climb trees, and swim,
Doodle brother was trying to help doodle out by teaching him to walk even though doctors said if he walks he could very easily fall and die. Doodles brother was only helping him walk because he was ashamed of having a crippled brother but doodle's brother wanted doodle to walk so he can produce better everything so he wouldn’t be as badly crippled. “They did not know I did for myself, that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all of their
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.
The narrator is is very determined to help Doodle walk. He can’t drag doodle around everywhere. This gives brother the idea to teach doodle to walk. At first doodle doesn't think he can do it. Brother convinces him because he is determined to teach doodle to walk and have a mostly “normal life”. On page 419 brother says “‘I'm going to teach you to walk, Doodle,’” Doodle argues that everyone says that he will never be able
C.S. Lewis once quoted, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and of, course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” This exemplifies the genuine idea of what pride can do to a soul. Many never fully acknowledge the sincere people who sit around them, and the beauties these individuals hold. Similarly, in Hurst’s, “The Scarlet Ibis,” Doodle’s older brother, the narrator, is driven to push Doodle to succeed in various activities, because he cannot seem to see Doodle’s “inner beauty.” As the thought of making Doodle the best he can be, and displaying his “inner beauty,” eventually leads to a horrific tragedy. To clarify, in “The Scarlet Ibis,” the narrator is introduced as a conceited, self-centered boy, who forcefully
The narrator was embarrassed to friends over because of Doodle’s disability. Doodle’s brother wanted Doodle to walk because he did not want to have to carry him everywhere. The narrator wanted Doodle running by the time school started, so he was not an embarrassment on the playground. Some people believe that a Doodle is responsible for his own death.
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. He wished to be selfless and loving and always aimed to be the best brother he could. Brother never struggled while helping Doodle, it was his first nature. Though he struggled to help Doodle out of compassion and more for his personal prosperity and
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
Brother was determined to teach Doodle how to run, swim, climb trees, and do all things that a healthy boy can do. "I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." (p.419) The brother stresses on pride. He pushes Doodle to make him fit in at school. When he took Doodle to Horsehead Landing before the first day of school he fills shame of failure but he doesn't stop trying even when he knows it's fatal. (p.416) This is one of the reasons of how the brother causes Doodles death because he made him work to hard and by having little concern for Doodle and more about his pride from what he
Who is responsible for William Doodle Armstrong’s death? His brother. Brother forced Doodle into learning how to be active, when Doodle didn’t think he could, and he didn’t want to. Brother didn’t even want Doodle as his brother because of his disabilities. And, he left Doodle all alone in the storm. Look what happened.
Have you ever killed someone because your pride was hurt? The narrator in the short story "The Scarlet Ibis," by James Hurst, has always wanted a brother so bad. He finally gets a brother that everyone expects to die before being born. By some miracle the little brother didn’t die, so they decided to name him Doodle. At the end Doodle does die and this essay is to say if the narrator is guilty or not. The narrator didn’t really love Doodle, was cruel to him, and thought him how to stuff out of his own selfishness, so thank to the gift of pride, the narrator is guilty for the murder of his brother Doodle.
The story "The Scarlet ibis" was written by James Hurst. This story is about a boy who's younger brother was born with weak bones. He teaches him how to walk out of shame and embarrassment, then his brother dies in a storm. The character doodle can best be described as sensitive and imaginative.