Not only did brother mislead Doodle, but he was untruthful to Doodle. Getting Doodle to walk is something Doodle should want and not brother. The time Doodle had walked his first steps brother cried too, but he cried because he was untruthful. It was something he wanted and not Doodle. This brings me to the last point.
Doodle’s disabilities affected him from birth so he was not treated equal and his brother wanted him to learn the things he should already know. What prompted Doodle’s brother to help him was embarrassment which over came all of his feelings. Being different was hard for Doodle but at times it was harder for his brother to put up with because, as the narrator states, “Doodle was my brother and he was going to cling to me forever, no matter what I did.”(Hurts 159). Unfortunately Doodle was told he would never live and because of that he was never taught anything as a child. It would take Doodle a long time to learn everything.
The narrator’s pride lead to the death of his little brother, Doodle. When we think of siblings we all think of someone to play, run, fight, and talk to with but, narrator wasn’t able to do those things with his little brother Doodle The narrator often failed to appreciate Doodle. Doodle was very small and fragile. He was born with a very weak heart so, he couldn’t do much. The narrator thought that because Doodle couldn’t play, run, fight, and talk to him his brother was “crazy”.
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.
The first instance when red is used, is to express warning and the older brother’s attitude, is at Doodle’s birth. The quote “He seemed all head with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man’s”, Gave the reader a view of how fragile Doodle’s body is. They thought at first, he was not going to make it, but he ended up surviving. When the mom explains to the older brother, Doodle is different and will not be able to do things that other kids do, he is then disappointed at having Doodle as his brother. He wants to be able to do things with Doodle, like he would be able to do with the other kids,
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.
Brother knows about Doodle’s poor condition and ignores it when he is teaching his crippled brother how to walk. Brother isn’t doing this great act to be kind, he is doing this because he is embarrassed to have a brother with disabilities. “They did not know that I did it for myself, that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me
“Brother, Brother, Brother, do not leave me! Do not leave me!” (p.425) Brother left and he did not come back to save him till it was to late because he was disappointed in Doodle for not running fast enough to keep up with him. All these reasons on how Brother was mad a Doodle comes to a conclusion on why he causes Doodles
Clearly, in this sentence, it shows that the narrator would rather have no brother at all than having one that is crippled. But as time went by he decided to give him a chance as time passed by he really developed a strong bond with doodle. They were usually always together and doodle didn't want to be separated from his older brother. At first, the narrator saw doodle and they told him he was going to die within the
When Baldwin became older and experienced about life, he reflected back to his childhood and to his father’s beliefs. Baldwin gained a better understanding on his father’s beliefs. The essay examines a truly complicated father-son relationship because Baldwin was too young and naive to completely understand the reason why his father acted the way he did. With Baldwin’s lack of understanding of his father, it made him grow up to dislike him, but blind to what his dad’s reasoning to why he acted the way he did towards