Brother is someone that Doodle always looks up to. Brother uses this to persuade Doodle that he must not be different. In conclusion, Brother shows his self-interest in how he treats his younger brother. He treats his younger brother, Doodle, as something to ‘fix’ and he cannot accept his brother as he is. When Doodle finally learns to walk, Brother’s selfish need for a more ‘ideal’ little brother is not satisfied for long.
Sadly Brother is not doing this for Doodle but for himself. Therefor Old Women Swamp marks the determination of Brother. He wants to teach Doodle to walk but at the same time he just doesn’t want an odd brother. Brother, “It seemed so hopeless from the beginning it’s a miracle I didn’t give up” (Hurst 110). The hopelessness that Doodle has is no match for Brothers determination to overcome the challenges Doodle faces though it is for himself.
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 was never able to accept him for who he was. Even very early in the story, shortly after Doodle was born. His brother's unhappiness with Doodle was mostly because he wanted a brother with whom he could play and run. The thought of a brother who could barely move and probably never walk was embarrassing. He even states that Doodle, "....
One might think that when Doodle was five his brother teaching him to walk was a fair surprise. Doodle’s brother saw it this way, and I see it this way as well. The narrator was not trying to kill his brother by teaching him to walk, but this is what caused Doodle’s death. Doodle’s brother was well aware of Doodle’s preexisting heart condition. The doctor said that using his legs too much would cause him to overexert his heart, and in doodles death, walking was the main reason he died.
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. Finally, he was aware that Doodle was afraid of being alone and left him to die. The first reason Brother is responsible for Doodle’s death is, the fact that the narrator knew about his heart condition, and put too much strain on his body. Brother was fully aware that Doodle wasn’t capable of doing all of the things all of the other children
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.
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.
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