The story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” is written by the author, James Hurst. In the story, the narrator’s little brother is born with a disability. However, as the story progresses the narrator tries to teach his little brother, Doodle, how to walk, row, and other skills that he thinks that Doodle should know. The narrator has very high expectation for Doodle, but in the end, they’re not fulfilled. The author uses symbolism and metaphors to reveal Doodle’s uniqueness and sensitivity.
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.
The narrator of the story, The Scarlet Ibis, Doesn't give his name, but he tells about his time with his brother, Doodle. Doodle is a complex character in many ways, he was born a cripple but was, by some accounts, blessed, and Doodle also had the element of being a genius for his circumstances. On October 8, 1911 Doodle was born with a heart condition that left him physically and mentally disabled, and wasn't expected to live past infancy, but, by defying the odds, Doodle survives his first few years of his life. Some of the characters believe that this is because when he was born, he had been born in a caul. Which leads to the fact that, Doodle, was very smart and soon learned to talk and even walk.
In a person’s life, many situations transpire and make them feel pride over one’s self. Readers can see this in the short story,” The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. “In his spare time Hurst wrote short stories and plays, but The Scarlet Ibis was the only work of his that become famous “(gradesaver.com)”. In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” James Hurst uses red to symbolize warning, death, and guilt to show the change the older brother goes through, as he takes care of Doodle. The first instance when red is used, is to express warning and the older brother’s attitude, is at Doodle’s birth.
James Hurst’s short story “The Scarlet Ibis” is about a boy that struggles with pride issues because of his brother Doodle’s physical disabilities. In the beginning of the story, the narrator has a brother that is far from normal and in the narrator's eyes is a disappointment. Throughout the story, the narrator works on his brother to make him normal not knowing he will end up hurting him. As the story progresses, the narrator struggles with, instead of putting his brother first, letting his pride get the best of him. The narrator, by the end of “The Scarlet Ibis,” learns that listening to his pride makes him do regretful things.
Throughout the world, more than eighty five percent of people have or are affected by low self esteem. In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, it clearly shows the theme that others should not influence all of one’s thoughts and actions. Doodle is a child born with disabilities and his brother, the narrator, supports him and helps him find a place to fit into society and to achieve self-esteem throughout the story. Self-esteem is found negatively and positively in both the narrator and Doodle.
This story tugs at heart strings and leaves the question, “Who wrote these unsettling events?” In “The Scarlet Ibis,” there are many highs and lows. A boy struggles with acceptance of his brother. To the boy, his brother is about half of what he should be. The boy believes this problem is his duty to fix.
The brother was easily the guilty suspect in this case. The question here is whether or not Doodle’s cause of death was his brother’s own pride. Throughout the book, The Scarlet Ibis, Doodle’s brother gives us a plethora of quality examples as to why the death of his brother was surely his to bear. The brother was overly prideful.
Raymond’s Run and The Scarlet Ibis is two short stories about the main characters dealing with their disable siblings, but even though they have disabled siblings they treat their siblings different. The characters have different motives. In the short story, The Scarlet Ibis the narrator has a little brother name William Armstrong but the narrator gives him the name Doodle. Doodle was born with a big head and red body.
“To be human is to be beautifully flawed. ”(Eric Wilson). All humans are flawed. That is what makes them human. Flaws sometimes are hurtful, but they make the character interesting.