The Scarlet Ibis Attitude Analysis

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Throughout The Scarlet Ibis, the narrator attitude toward his brother negative. Doodle, the narrator’s brother, was born with a disability. He was paralyzed. When Doodle was born, his family believed he would die right away. The narrator was disappointed and upset because his brother was different, the narrator wanted a normal brother; however, throughout the short story the narrator’s negative attitude starts to change. In the beginning of the The Scarlet Ibis, the narrator is upset that his brother is abnormal; also, the narrator feels embarrassed. The narrator stated “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow” (Hurst 485). This quotation shows the narrator’s disappointment and cruelty towards his brother. The narrator is very cruel because he is willing to kill his brother because he is disabled. The narrator has this negative…show more content…
In The Scarlet Ibis, the narrator stated “I was embarrassed at having a brother at that age who couldn’t walk, so I set out to teach him” (Hurst 488). The narrator taught his brother everyday, until he learned. In The Scarlet Ibis, the narrator states “Finally one day, after many weeks of practicing, he stood alone for a few seconds. When he fell, I grabbed him in my arms and hugged him, our laughter pealing through the swamp like a ringing bell” (Hurst 488). Since Doodle was able to walk, the narrator and Doodle decided to surprise their family. The Scarlet Ibis states “There wasn’t a sound as Doodle walked slowly across the room and sat down at his place at the table. Then Mama began to cry and ran over to him, hugging him and kissing him” (Hurst 488). This quotation shows the astonishment in their family. Despite his embarrassment towards his brother, the narrator was persistent in teaching his brother to
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