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Doodle's Death

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“The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst is a story that centers on the competitive goals Doodle and his brother. Doodle, is a misfit, and his brother does everything possible to make sure that Doodle will fit to his standards. Eventually, the tasks that the brother gives Doodle wear his heart out and he dies a bloody heap on the ground, a scarlet ibis. Why would Doodle let his brother push him to the very brink of death? There are three reasons why Doodle strove to achieve his brother’s goals, he wanted to make his brother proud, he wanted to be accepted into society, and Doodle wanted to prove his worth to his family.
The activities planned for Doodle were rigorous and draining, but Doodle loved his brother and wanted to make him proud. Despite being told he couldn’t walk, Doodle went along with his brother’s training. He had the complete trust that only comes from pure love. “Oh yes you can, Doodle,” I said. “All you got to do is try. Now come on, and I hauled him up once more.” Doodle went along with his brother, even though it sometimes hurt. He never gave up, and if he tried his brother was always there to press Doodle onward. In a way, I think the love of Doodle should have been much more precious to his brother than the activities they planned. Every second with one who came so close to death should be revered and held tightly. The narrator is locked in a battle with what he feels socially acceptable and his love for his little brother. This sought after, “social acceptance,” drove the brother to push away Doodle’s dependency on him. This was how Doodle died, but he never stopped loving his brother. “Brother, brother, don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!” Doodle cries out into the vicious storm. He doesn’t say to his brother somet...

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...ried to walk and swim. The reason Doodle kept up with the competitive antics of his brother was to gain a sense of worth and belonging within his family.
Doodle died a tragic death. Could it have been prevented? The narrator probably asks himself this everyday as he seeks sympathy from the fluent writings of, “The Scarlet Ibis.” Doodle loved his brother and wanted acceptance from the people around him. That is part of the reason why he died such a tragic death. People also debate that it wasn’t the brother’s fault at all, but the storm that caused the root of their problems. Either way the end result is the same. There are three reasons why Doodle strove to achieve his brother’s goals, he wanted to make his brother proud, he wanted to be accepted into society, and Doodle wanted to prove his worth to his family.

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The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst
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