However, when his pride becomes blinding, Brother forces Doodle beyond his limits and is forced to accept the consequences. Though loved by his brother, Doodle becomes an innocent victim of selfishness and pride. The bitter seed of shame that blossoms into the flower of pride strangles discernment and results in absolute inability to accept defeat. Brother was ashamed of Doodle immediately following his birth. “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” (345).
Blood is thicker than water, but sometimes pride is thicker than both. Such is the case with James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis." This is a dramatic short story about two brothers, in which the older brother manipulates and is later responsible for the death of his younger brother, Doodle. These actions proved that he did not love Doodle. Doodle's brother was never able to accept him for who he was.
He behaved kindly for selfish and prideful reasons; he behaved unkindly when he couldn’t control his emotions. This buildup of emotions eventually caused Doodle’s death at the end of the story. The narrator recognizes his guiltiness when running away from his brother, knowing that Doodle’s heart cannot bear the strain. However, at the time, he did so anyways – he couldn’t understand the consequences of his impetuous actions, and ultimately, kills Doodle. 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.
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.
Neither Tressias nor the shepherd wanted to tell him the truth but his own stubbornness brought his end, they told him "I wish you had never the man you are." His bad temper made him killed his father and the same error is the cause behind his accusation to Creon his loyal brother-in-law. So, Oedipus stubbornness and bad temper make him lose his eyes and leave Thebes at the
Willy incorrectly thinks that “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it — because personality always wins the day”, which is absolutely not true and causes him to be a poor role model for his children (Miller 65). It also leads his Howard firing him, which is nicely described as the “The underlying struggle is that of the individual attempting to gain his ‘rightful’ position in his society” (Miller 144). The fact that Willy is not able to adapt with society and a... ... middle of paper ... ...rs in terms of the American Dream because he committed suicide, he mostly embodies the elements that make him a tragic hero. Miller is about to show that through specific characteristic and thematic elements that Willy is indeed a tragic hero whose demise was an product of the misconceptions of his salesman’s dream. Due to Willy’s delusional dream, he is unable accept the reality he lives in causing him to live in the past.
Biff has failed in the business world and has accepted his failure as his own fault. However Willy fears that Biff blames him for his failure. Willy’s adulterous ways left Biff without a role model, so he feels responsible for his son’s failure. Willy’s guilt is apparent when he tells Biff, “when you’re rotting somewhere beside the railroad tracks, remember, and don’t blame me!”(130). Willy denies his guilt, because he sees himself as the cause of Biff’s failure, meaning that he himself failed as a father.
(I,ii) Gertrude's apparent disregard of his honorable late father causes his suicidal dejection.When he hears from the ghost of his father's murder, he does indeed vow revenge. However, that revenge never seems to materialize, he thinks and worries but commits no action to fulfill his vow. For some reason, he plays the fool and delays his revenge. Significantly, he presents the play with the scenes altered to mirror the circumstances of Claudius' crime so Hamlet can watch his reactions with his own eyes. "For I mine eyes will rivet to his face, / And after we will both our judgments join / In censure of his seeming."
Hamlet’s father did not die of a natural cause, neither was his death expected. Therefore, the entire situation caught Hamlet by surprise; for this reason, his pain is worsened, causing him to behave the way in which does. Hamlet’s current situation ... ... middle of paper ... ...t his father and Ophelia are dead and he cannot accept the thought of his mother’s hasty marriage to his conniving and deceitful uncle. Hamlet regrets his previous actions which caused tremendous pain to Ophelia and her family. 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.
In these two stories it helps develop the characters. In “The Scarlet Ibis,” the narrator, Brother, starts off as a selfish kid who could not stand the deformities of his brother, Doodle, and tries to “fix” him. Brother tries his best in teaching him to walk and run, however he pushes him too far and runs away after Doodle cries out “[Brother] don’t leave me!” (Hurst 138). Doodle ends up dying due to the selfish desires of his brother which in itself is a sacrifice, because his brother ends up feeling sorrowful and regretful. With the event of Doodle’s death and the narrator’s looking back on it the reader can assume that the narrator has changed his views on life and might have not pushed his brother so far if he could go back.