Brother doesn’t accept Doodle for who he is because of his disability. Brother wants a brother who is “all there.” In the story brother even said “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not there was unbearable.” Brother wants a real brother who can do things a normal brother can do. Brother is embarrassed of Doodle because of the way he is. Brother made plans to kill Doodle. Brother thought about killing doodle.
Although realizing he was in the clutches of pride and humiliation, Brother could not admit Doodle’s defeat without admitting his own. His selfish and proud nature ultimately resulted in Doodle’s death. As Brother is only 13, he places great importance on being accepted. Not only his humiliation but also his desire for conformity prompt Brother to teach Doodle to walk, climb vines, swim, and row. Brother sees himself as superior to Doodle, a common feeling for an older sibling of his age.
This turns sour however, after Biff discovers the father he idolizes was not all he had thought him to be. Afterward, familial dynamics are never the same, as Willy continues to hope that Biff will succeed, ignorant- perhaps purposely so- that his son is failing out of spite, knowing that all his father’s hopes are resting on his shoulders. Willy’s relationships with his two sons are tentative at best, but Happy and Biff are partly to blame for this downhill spiral- as their relationship is just as complex. In the play, “Death of a Salesman,” Willy Loman remembers scenes from years previous, particularly idyllic times when his two sons were still young and full of promise. Willy’s memories focus on Biff: Biff’s chances at success, Biff’s talents, Biff’s popularity.
Throughout the Scarlet Ibis, the cruel interactions between the narrator and Doodle occur in the heat of the moment, a characteristic crack of pride and cruelty in a child, where Brother feels guilty for doing so, but cannot comprehend what could happen as a result of his actions. Not all his actions seemed malicious – even if he acted selfishly for teaching his brother how to walk, he still seemed altruistic since Doodle truly experienced life when interacting with his brother. The author wanted to emphasize the important idea where even if he felt guilty for doing these things, he did so
Just as his own family was destroyed by his uncle’s evil plans, Hamlet realizes that he caused the same pain and negativity on the family of the woman he loved. Hamlet is still a young man of great intellectual abilities, but whose mind and heart are both clouded by anger and sorrow, resulting in actions that might be viewed as madness. Hamlet’s affliction began even before the contact with his father’s ghost, and was worsened when the truth about Claudius was revealed to him by the apparition of his late father. Hamlet’s actions are not results of insanity but outcomes of the pain he suffers because of the loss and betrayal of loved ones.
He was kind for selfish and prideful reasons; he was unkind when he couldn’t control his emotions. It was this buildup of emotions that eventually caused Doodle’s death at the end of the story. The narrator believes he is guilty when running away from his brother, but at the time, he did it anyways – it is the in the heat of the moment when he cannot see the consequences of his actions, and ultimately, kills Doodle. Throughout the Scarlet Ibis, the cruel things the narrator does to his brother are in the heat of the moment, a characteristic crack of pride and cruelty, where he feels guilty for doing so, but cannot see what could happen as a result of his actions. Not all his actions were bad – even if he was selfish for teaching his brother how to walk, it was still altruistic since his brother truly experienced life when interacting with his brother.
Troy?s relationship with his father was one, which produced much tension, and had a strong influence on Troy?s relationships with his loved ones as an adult. He had very little respect for his father because his father did not, in Troy?s mind, make his family a priority. At an early age, Troy?s father beat him ?like there was no tomorrow? because he caught Troy getting ?cozy? with a girl (549; I,4).
His distorted perceptions of the American Dream ultimately ruined his life and the lives of his family. Sadly, Willy definitely failed as a father. He obviously favored his eldest son Biff over his youngest son Happy, and this constant neglect drove Happy to become more like his older brother as an adult in order to win his father’s approval. We can see this through his philandering behavior, something Biff was known for in high school, the golden years. Biff, on the other hand, had it worse because his father sold him lies about his importance in the business industry, which forced Biff to admire Willy and strive to be like him one day.
The narrator says “(…) I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (337). He looks back and realizes that he was embarrassed of Doodle, that his selfishness drove him to teach Doodle to walk. He acted without thinking of his actions and consequences. Doodle’s brother was embarrassed and even planned to kill Doodle when he was younger because of the humiliation. Consequently, his selfishness would not let him see the possibility of his brother’s future.
His brother got annoyed so he taught doodle how to walk. Doodle’s brother didn’t teach doodle how to walk because he felt sorry for him, but because of his reputation. Doodle’s brother at first in the story does not really care about him. “It was bad enough to have an invalid brother” (200) shows that he sees Doodle as invalid, useless and crippled. Doodle’s original name was William Armstrong, but his brother changed it to Doodle because he thought that William Armstrong definitely did not fit his personality.