Such ending of The Scarlet Ibis is surprizing for both the narrator and the reader. In fact, the death of Doodle after growing up is unexpected by neither the narrator nor the reader. (Hamdi, DeAngelis, 2008, Page
Pushing other for success can be harming to them, although you may not see it because you are blinded on only helping them rather from just enjoying their presents instead of thinking and caring of what other people say. For example, A short story by James Hurst “ Scarlet Ibis”. Hurst tells a tragic story of doodle a disabled child and his brother. Doodle’s life is like a series of love and complication. Doodle doesn't give up because he is shown desirement although he goes through occasional cruelty by his brother.
The work, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst is a realistic nonfiction short story. In this work, a boy Doodle is born with major disabilities, and his brother (the narrator) is ashamed of him. However, he also loves him. Doodle cannot walk, but the narrator teaches him, and goes further into the “net of expectation” and pushes his brother too far.
Character Analysis: The character that I have chosen to analyze is Brother. At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to brother as a fun-loving kid who just wants a playmate. When his brother, Doodle, is born though he becomes selfish and ashamed of his brother. Brother is selfish when he says, “was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him.”
The narrator feels ashamed and embarrassed for having a brother that cannot walk. Therefore "Brother" has goals and expectations for Doodle such as swimming, running, rowing, climbing vines, but most importantly walking. The narrator "Brother" from "The Scarlet Ibis," causes Doodle's
Brother said, "Doodle was a disappointment when born". Doodle was born with a heart condition and was quite sensitive, which prevented him from doing a lot of things. Doodle, in Brother 's eyes was a burden in many ways. One way survive pain but not disgrace. In other words, disgrace is what Brother felt towards doodle.
In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” written by James Hurst, creates a story about a boy named Doodle who was born with disabilities and his brother makes plans to kill him. In paragraph 5 on the first page of the story, Hurst writes, “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.” This clearly makes readers think that the narrator wants him dead, and the narrator isn’t grateful for what kind of brother he has. This clearly brings up that it was the narrator 's fault that Doodle died. He left Doodle out in the storm on purpose and ran away, the narrator had plans to kill him earlier on in the story, and everyone expected Doodle to die right when he was born.
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
“When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him”(Hurst, 318). This quote continues to support my thesis because he tries to dangerously teach Doodle to be normal just because he wants a ordinary brother. In the short term, this worked out for him, but his disregarding of his brothers safety would soon come back to hurt him. One day when they were out practicing, a storm began to develop. Brother, thinking only of himself, ran as fast as he could, leaving poor helpless Doodle behind.
He’s already dead in Doug’s eyes. What people experience in childhood affects them into adulthood. Firstly, Doug randomly woke up on his 48th birthday and decided he had to kill Ralph. Doug lying next to his wife with children of his own sleeping in the other room woke up and decided that he “will arise and go now and kill Ralph Underhill”
It was the understanding of not saving his wife, furthermore admitting he should have tried to “keep her in their lives” (Pg.54). Screaming her name out loud caused him to “taste the blood” (Pg.54). The blood was thought of the past when his wife took the sharp piece of glass and never returned back to them. The boy immediately ascended from his sleep and begins to tell his father; “I wish I was with my mommy” (Pg.55). The father didn’t know how he could respond so he told him; “you wish you were dead” (Pg.55).
In the beginning of the story Brother wanted to smother Doodle because he wasn’t “all there”. Brother was forced to take Doodle wherever he went. This probably made him annoyed of Doodle’s presence. Brother wanted a brother that could do everything that he could.
Shame is a powerful emotion that leads people to do things absentmindedly, that could lead to dreadful outcomes. In James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis” Doodle is a disabled child that can not do things that others can do easily. Brother tries to shape Doodle into a regular kid, which ends badly. When Doodle doesn't improve at as fast as his brother wants him to, he only pushes him harder. Brothers sense of shame leads to Doodle being pushed too hard and eventually dying.