In The Scarlet Ibis, the author revealed finally the real feelings of Brother toward his brother Doodle. During the whole incidents of the short story, Brother is not accepting Doodle as a brother because of the abnormality which Doodle suffered from and so Brother feels ashamed. The last scene in the short story is so tragic. The scene is portrayed as Brother returned back to Doodle who was found dead, having bled from the mouth and his neck is covered in blood. The act of crying and screaming by Brother for the death of his brother Doodle is a pure tragic scene and by such scene the reader makes the readers feel that Brother loves his brother Doodle and for such love he tried to protect him from an outside world.
Why are disabled kids thought of as less then everyone else? In "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, Narrator sees his brother Doodle for the first time and notices that he isn't all that normal. Narrators parents believe that Doodle will die so they named him William Armstorng, which made him sound important. Narrator wants a brother, he wants someone to play with but his mom keeps telling him that Doodle can't do much because of the way he is. One day Doodle smiles at Narrator and that was the small act that made Narrator believe that Doodle was actually all there.
At first the narrator sees Doodle as a crazy frail brother, but as we move into the story, we can observe a lot of varying feelings brother has towards Doodle. Upset, brother started making plans to kill Doodle with a pillow in addition to describing him as unbearable
People may argue this point because the narrator from The Yellow Wallpaper is also mentally ill. The narrator says, “Dear John! He loves me very dearly, and hates to have me sick.” (Gilman 6,4). This quote without a doubt exposes that she has a mental illness of some sort and her husband is not happy about it. This may be true, but the narrator from The Tell Tale Heart is worse because his mental illness is so severe, that he loses control and kills an innocent old man.
James Hurst, the author of the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” uses the scarlet ibis to symbolize Doodle. Both the bird and Doodle both stand out in their own ways. Doodle was born with a bad heart, and his parents were told, when he was first born, that most likely he wouldn’t live and if he were to live, he would never be able to walk. Doodle’s brother is ashamed of having a crippled brother, that he can’t play with, and tries to help Doodle learn how to walk for his own pride and ego. After many months of constant success, Doodle’s brother tries to push Doodle a little more than Doodle can endure by leaving him, after he has fallen, on the way home during a strorm.
In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the narrator is static and stays selfish throughout the entire story. In the beginning of the story, the narrator finds out his brother isn’t “normal” so he threatens and brainstorms ways to kill him; “It was bad enough having an invalid brother… so I began to make plans to kill him.” The narrator was so self centered and couldn’t handle not getting the “normal” brother he wanted, he was going to end his life. In the middle of the story, the narrator says, “ I was so embarrassed at having a brother who couldn’t walk so I set out to teach him.” He only wanted to teach him to walk for himself, he didn’t even care how hard it would be for his brother or if he wanted to walk. Although when
Doodle I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his.”(L 390-392) After leaving Doodle, he finally regains his conscience, and goes back for him unfortunately, he realised his mistake too late. The present older brother, clearly regrets his acts and now that he understands everything about life and what happened, he regrets not loving Doodle the way he should have. At the end, the love between the two brothers is complex and paradoxical, their relationship goes from hatred to love but unfortunately due to pride the relationship between them ended
The evidence is undeniable. Doodle's brother was extremely cruel to him from the time Doodle was born. One would think that Doodle's disability would be more than enough reason for his brother to feel sympathy for Doodle; not this brother. Doodle's brother was so hateful toward Doodle that he stated his desire to smother Doodle with a pillow. Doodle's brother also showed his cruel, ill feelings for his disabled brother, Doodle, by showing him the casket which the family built
James Hurst short story “The Scarlet Ibis.” The narrator wants to smother his little brother Doodle because he was different than them. But later on in the Short story the narrator you can tell is embarrassed of him so when he had to take doodle with him down the the river he would teach him how to walk... So on his birthday they told their parents that he could walk. The narrator starts to cry and that’s when you know he actually loved doodle. One day a bird came (scarlet Ibis) sat on a tree and then it died, his family was all laughing at doodle struggling.
For instance, when Doodle is a baby lying on the bed, Brother said, “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” (345). Instead of feeling empathy for Doodle and his situation, Brother’s pride causes him to feel more sorry for himself because people would know he has a disabled brother. His pride takes him so far as wanting to kill Doodle, even though he is merely a baby and can’t do anything to wrong brother, just so that he would not have a brother who was not “all there.” In addition, after the narrator talks about when Brother made Doodle touch his own coffin, Brother narrates, “When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed of having a brother of that age who couldn’t walk, so I set out to teach him” (346). Brother may be doing a kind act by teaching Doodle to walk, but his intentions aren’t to help Doodle, but to help himself. His pride holds him back from appreciating Doodle for what he is.