The Scarlet Ibis James Hurst Character Analysis

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In “The Scarlet Ibis”, James Hurst portrays Brother as a prideful young boy, though he is still caring and protective of Doodle. When his family congratulates him for teaching Doodle how to walk, Brother begins to cry, knowing that “Doodle only walk[s] because [he] [is] ashamed of having a crippled brother” (Hurst 49). His moral values are influenced by pride: he helps Doodle for his own egotistical reasons, rather than for his brother’s benefit. As James Hurst says, Brother is aware that he is a slave of pride, evident in the tears he sheds for being driven by such self-centered motives. At the conclusion of the story, when Brother finds Doodle dead, he “lay[s] there crying, sheltering [his] fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain” (Hurst

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