The short story “The Scarlet Ibis”, by James Hurst was about a boy named William Armstrong, and his brother. William Armstrong was crippled when he was born and he cannot walk. His brother than calls him doodle, because that name would fit him better. But as Doodle got older, and every time his brother has to go somewhere, he would have to take doodle with him too. His brother got annoyed so he taught doodle how to walk.
Some people are selfish in such a way that affects only their own selves, but others’ selfishness can hurt those they care about. One of these such people is Brother in “The Scarlet Ibis”. In James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis”, Brother is selfish and only teaches Doodle to walk to benefit himself. Brother is too engulfed in his selfish desire for a ‘better’ brother that he does not give Doodle a chance to rest. “I made him swim until he turned blue, and row until he couldn’t lift an oar.” This excerpt shows the reader how ruthless Brother is in the training he has set up for Doodle.
Brother does not want to be known as the kid with the handicap brother, so he teaches him to do all the things a normal person can do. When Brother is teaching Doodle to walk at Old Women Swamp, this marks the determination of Brother to teach Doodle to walk, but is it because he doesn’t a crippled brother. “ Every day that summer we went to the pine beside the stream of Old Women Swamp, and I put him on his feet at least a hundred times each afternoon” (Hurst 112), just so Brother won’t have a crippled brother. When I think of someone who tries to teach someone something and takes every day of the summer, that is that is what I call determination. Sadly Brother is not doing this for Doodle but for himself.
Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate between cruelty and love. This statement is clear in James Hurst 's short story, “Scarlet Ibis”. “Scarlet Ibis” is a tale written based on an assortment of memories a brother, the narrator of the story, has of his late, physically disabled brother, Doodle. When the narrator discovers Doodle is physically disabled, the brother feels great animosity toward him. The animosity remains a major internal conflict for the brother throughout the story.
Human emotions incite complex reactions that are often difficult to control. Even feelings that seem conventional or puerile have the ability to transform an ordinary situation into a treacherous one. In The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst, Brother struggles with humiliation towards his younger, crippled brother, Doodle. After teaching Doodle to walk, his pride impels him to help Doodle acquire other skills he needs to function in society. However, when his pride becomes blinding, Brother forces Doodle beyond his limits and is forced to accept the consequences.
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.
Doodle's brother would only do this to have control on Doodle and Doodle's actions. This control, which Doodle's brother wanted, gave him enjoyment to boss around his brother, enjoyment to boss a crippled kid. And that Doodle walked only because his brother was ashamed of having a crippled brother. It was bad enough having an invalid b.... In the story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, an important theme is pride.
Do you know what its like to lose your brother? Do you know what its like to have a guilty conscience? In “The scarlet’s Ibis” we find out. The narrator is longing for a normal brother, but however hard he tries, it’s not enough. We will see how this makes the narrator emotional selfish, and persistent The narrator Doodles brother is very emotional through out the entire story.
Be very careful what you wish for because things are never as they seem, especially in the realistic fiction short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. In the story the narrator is longing for a brother; but he is not expecting to get one quite like Doodle; and from the start he plans to help and hurt him. Brother is trying to help Doodle by teaching him to do things normal children can do, but hurts him because his pride and embarrassment and Doodle’s incapability get in the way. In this dramatic realistic fiction “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, I realize Brother tries to help Doodle only to save himself from humiliation. As the story is progressing however, I notice the narrator is being nothing but evil to his brother by doing things such as: trying to hurt him in a go-cart and mocking and changing his name.
Doodle learned how to talk way before he could walk, forcing the narrator to pull him around in a gocart everywhere he went. Brother became embarrassed of Doodle and taught him to walk. Doodle dies at age six, and Brother is responsible for his death. The narrator is responsible, because he knew about Doodle’s undeveloped organs, and over-worked him. Brother’s only motivation to teach Doodle to run, swim, climb and walk was the fact that he was embarrassed to have a crippled sibling.