James Hurst’s the Scarlet Ibis is the story of a brother whose younger brother, Doodle, is disabled. He is born with a disability that causes him to develop much slower than most children his age. Brother is not happy about this, and instead, is determined to change this. Brother devises a strenuous activity program that leads to Doodle’s demise. Although there are many factors that contribute to Doodle’s death, the narrator is responsible for his invalid brother’s demise.
The narrator had a dark side, he hated taking his brother everywhere he went. He was embarrassed, so he decided to teach his brother without caring the pain his brother was going through. The narrator only did for himself because he didn’t want his brother by his side because the thought his brother was an embarrassment. Evidence in the short story when Doodle could finally walk Doodle’s brother decided to show his parents he could walk and he starts to notice
The narrator’s family 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” (469). The narrator kept pushing Doodle even though Doodle did not believe he could walk. The narrator did this because he could not deal with the fact of having a crippled brother. Doodle’s brother did not only want Doodle to walk, he wants Doodle to run, swim, and swing from vines
Having Doodle learn how to do all of those things would be great for Doodle since I doubt that Doodle likes being crippled. Both of them want a normal Doodle. Even though the brother goes down to the swamp for for himself and not Doodle it is still a nice thing to do for Doodle. Now for the start of a tragedy. The brother is walking fast than usual and Doodle has a hard time keeping up.
Hurst points out, “He had failed and we both knew it, so we started back home, racing the storm.[... ]The faster I walked, the faster he walked, so I began to run.[... ]I heard doodle, who had fallen behind me, cry out, ‘brother, brother, don't leave me! Don’t leave me!” This happened when the narrator taught doodle how to walk and then tried making him do more, but Doodle could not physically do it. The relevance of this citation is that since Doodle failed the narrator’s classes he failed the narrator as a brother which shows how pride can make you do unhuman things like leaving your brother.
Eventually Doodle did learn to walk, but Brother was still not satisfied, he wanted his brother to be able to run and swim like all the other kids. Time was running out on Brother’s plan, so in the middle of a thunderstorm he started running away from his brother. Because of the strain on his heart Doodle died. His last words were “don't leave me Brother”. I believe The Scarlett Ibis is the best story because
Leaving Doodle outside in a storm while he just ran off is irresponsible. Brother shouldn’t have gotten mad at Doodle because Doodle didn’t do what he was asked to. By doing that, Doodle got scared and chased after him which made him overheat and die. Doodle should have stood up for himself.
After the storm clears the narrator decides to go back to find Doodle. "I went back and found him huddled beneath a bush"(426). "Doodle Doodle! I cried shaking him but, there was no answer just the ropy rain"(426). In conclusion, the narrator in "The Scarlet Ibis" causes his brother's death by getting him too excited, pushing him too hard, and by leaving him when he knows how bad his condition is.
This led him to wish that his brother was different, and when seeing the opportunity he decided to help his brother walk. Although this may seem as if it was a compassionate and helpful act, the narrator did all of these things not for the well-being of his brother, but instead for himself. In the text, it describes, “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.”(Hurst 389). This quote reveals the narrator’s true feelings and the selfishness that hid behind his righteous deeds. Also, the narrator selfishly became mad after not achieving his goal he had set with his brother.
When Amir neglects to step in and help his friend, he is overcome with guilt; Amir was engulfed in his own emotional toxicity for years. Though the conflict changed him greatly, it was relieved over a decade later when Amir thought he had gotten what he deserved. It all began in Winter 1975. Prior to the kite running tournament that year, the most conflict Hassan and Amir festered up was a meer one way argument. When the boys were playing, you may even mistake them for brothers, Hassan being the younger one that looked up to Amir.