People with disabilities are no less than regular people and they deserve the same love and respect. Brother obviously does not understand this because he is constantly acting like he is bettering Doodle’s life when his intent is his own personal gain. Brother feels the guilt of teaching Doodle to walk for his own personal gain when he reflects, “They did not know that I did it for myself, that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” Brother finally learns what karma can do to a person when Doodle dies. The scene of Doodle’s death is depicted as “bleeding from the mouth, and his neck, and the front of his shirt were stained a brilliant red.” The traumatic experience of Brother seeing Doodle in such a state was when he learned the lesson of “What goes around comes around.” Questions and Answers: What do you think would have happened if Brother actually followed through with killing Doodle? I think Brother would live with the constant guilt of taking Doodle’s life.
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
Doodle's brother was deeply embarrassed and humiliated at having a handicapped brother. Doodle's brother literally stated this fact when he proclaimed what a disappointment Doodle was to him when Doodle was just a baby. Doodle's brother's enormous embarrassment and disgust with his disabled younger brother was evident from the beginning, and only grew as they got older. You might be thinking the brother wasn't cruel to Doodle every second of every day. For that, you are correct.
One way survive pain but not disgrace. In other words, disgrace is what Brother felt towards doodle. Brother had to take Doodle everywhere he went. For example, Brother would take Doodle to places in a cart by pulling him along with him, which his father made since Doodle could not walk. On the other hand, Brother behaved heartless most times.
The act of crying and screaming by Brother for the death of his brother Doodle is a pure tragic scene and by such scene the reader makes the readers feel that Brother loves his brother Doodle and for such love he tried to protect him from an outside world. 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
In the story “Scarlet Ibis,” the narrator is flawed in his inability to let go of his desire to have a normal brother. The narrator has a little brother named Doodle, with an extreme amount of disabilities. Before Doodle was born, the narrator fantasized about having a little brother who would be his playmate. Doodle, however, was not the ideal brother. He could not walk or do much on his own.
“The Scarlet Ibis”: The Dangerous Brother “He was born when I was six and was, from the outset, a disappointment. He seemed all head, with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man's. Everybody thought he was going to die”(Hurst 1). Brother always wanted the perfect little brother that could run, jump, play, swim, and swing from vines. However, when Doodle is born, he realizes this is not possible.
When the storm hits, the two brothers run back to the house but Doodle can not keep up and brother taken over by pride leaves him there alone. That powerful pride that brother has, always breaks his bond with Doodle, after the failed lesson they just had, he gives up on his brother. The narrator, clearly has a lot of things going on inside his head, lost he just leaves him there because of his failure and an inside pride. “I began to weep and the tear-blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar. Doodle I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his.”(L 390-392) After leaving Doodle, he finally regains his conscience, and goes back for him unfortunately, he realised his mistake too late.
The narrator has to take Doodle everywhere and he was mentally carp about about how he is a burden. He would teach his brother how to do things regular things that other boys would so but doodle would batch that up. At the end of the story The narrator was callous towards his little brother, eventually he breaches his promise.