The Scarlet Ibis By James Hurst: Literary Analysis

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“There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.” John C. Maxwell, enlightens the reader about the faces of pride. One is beautiful and the other is ugly. This quote relates to the story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst because the narrator learns that pride isn’t always a good trait to have, it can harm the people you love. The narrator of “The Scarlet Ibis” states that “pride is a wonderful, yet terrible thing” to possess. He proves this through the relationship between the two brothers.
The narrator of the story proved that pride is a terrific trait to possess. This is the beautiful face. For
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This is the ugly face. For instance, the narrator began to cry when he and Doodle showed their family about their achievement. “So everyone wanted to hug me, and I began to cry… They did not know that I did it for myself; the pride, whose slave I was… that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (173). This is saying, that the narrator’s shame toward his brother’s difference from the other boys his age was the only reason he taught Doodle to walk. In addition to, when the narrator and Doodle did not have much success teaching and learning. “He had failed and we both knew it...The knowledge that Doodle's and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us.”(176). This is saying that their failure that day reminded the narrator that his and Doodle’s plans were nothing. That produced a bitter feeling within the narrator causing him to leave Doodle in the storm. To conclude, if one lets their pride grow and become uncontrollable they will find out it can have terrible
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