Who Is The Protagonist In The Scarlet Ibis

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“Two brothers, one mistake” Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. In "The Scarlet Ibis," a short story by James Hurst, the two main characters,"Brother" who is the narrator of this story, and Doodle who is the victim of Brother's cruel yet loving behavior. In the story the narrator has a brother with disabilities such as walking, and a heart problem. When the narrator's brother, Doodle turns five and he still cannot walk and he is starting school after summer. 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…show more content…
“Brother” believed Doodle could run and catch up with him but “Brother” still did not fully understand Doodle’s condition. The narrator says, “I purposely walked fast, and although he kept up, his face turned red and his eyes became glazed.”(422). In Brother’s mind, he thought he was doing a good thing for Doodle. With this in mind the condition of Doodle’s poor health did not worry “Brother”. “Brother” not knowing he is slowly leading Doodle down a dying path is doing what he thought he should do. The narrator says, “I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us”(425). “Brother" ran away thinking he would follow and/or catch up, but instead Doodle fell down because he is exhausted and hot of all the work they had done that day. And since it was raining, it seem like a wall divided them even though brother could have gone back and helped Doodle. The narrator “Brother” from “The Scarlet Ibis,” causes Doodle's death because he overworked Doodle and made him get overheated and last he ran from doodle leaving him
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