“I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death.” This was a quote from the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, he was emphasizing how the narrator thought about his pride. The theme of the story was Do not let pride overrule love, the narrator really expresses this throughout the story with a lot details. Throughout the story this lesson continues to grow by using characterization, foreshadowing, and imagery.
Character Analysis of Brother from “The Scarlet Ibis” Why do siblings tend to argue? How can someone deliberately hurt someone they love? How far would someone go to hurt their sibling out of anger? Sibling rivalry seems to be as normal as the sun rising. It happens in all families no matter the age, race, or gender of the siblings.
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.
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.
Scarlet Ibis “Selfish people tend to only be good to themselves… then are surprised when they are alone”,(unknown).This is how Brother found himself when he abandoned Doodle during a storm. In The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst a child named William Armstrong (Doodle) is born with a medical condition who revokes him the ability to walk. But the selfishness, his Brother has been blinded by makes him want to teach his Brother to walk out of embarrassment “of having a crippled brother.” Therefore Brother is two faced he can be selfish or he can be altruistic to Doodle, which demonstrates how complex brotherly love can be.
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 the “Scarlet Ibis”, Brother is characterized as loving, ambitious, and cruel, through diction, plot, imagery, figurative language, and point of view. He is characterized as loving, because, at the end of the story, he becomes very upset at Doodle’s death. Also, he tries to train Doodle to walk, even though he’s at a disadvantage physically. Lastly, through the course of the story he plays with Doodle in Old Woman’s Swamp, and if he didn’t love him he’d abandon Doodle in the swamp to die.
The short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, exfoliates the theme sometimes the thought isn't what counts. Head most, the narrator, also known as Brother, is remembering his little brother, Doodle. Doodle was unique on all levels, mentally, physically, but not emotionally. Brother made plans to strangle him in his sleep with a pillow one night. He was embarrassed to be seen with him, but then he thought that for his own sake he should “help” Doodle.
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.
Start with a question. Can someone be both a loving sibling and a bad and evil one? In the story “The Scarlet Ibis”, James Hurst introduces readers to Brother and his little brother, Doodle. Readers learn of their lives and sibling relationship. One learns about their lives as young children and the struggles they went through every day.