When I read “The Scarlet Ibis” a driving passion for success comes to mind. This non-fiction book written by James Hurst is about the determination of a boy that can be pushed to because he is ashamed of his brother. “The Scarlet Ibis” is a book about a boy who is unhappy about his handicapped brother Doodle. Brother pushes Doodle to accomplish his goals but does he push him to far? 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.
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.
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.
Determination is not something that comes t... ... middle of paper ... ...f his pride, yet he seems to do what it tells him to do anyway, just like how Doodle doesn't want to learn how to run or swim, but he does what Brother says anyway. Therefore, it seems that while Brother is a slave to pride, Doodle is a slave to Brother. Pride can be both good and bad, and is "a seed that bears two vines, life and death." (Hurst 112) In "The Scarlet Ibis," Hurst reveals the sting of pain that Brother feels all the while surrounded by the happiness of his family. He also reveals the determination of Doodle prompted by fear and revived by Brother.
"Sonny's Blues" and "The Rich Brother" are perfect examples of how brothers relationships are: full of love but paved with insurmountable obstacles at the same time. At the end of Sonny's story, both brothers can finally "see" each other and are able to live together, while unfortunately for Donald and Pete, it is impossible for them to reach an understanding. The feeling of obligation that Pete and Sonny’s brother feel, results from their education. In both stories, the parents pass away and it puts the strongest brothers in front of their obligations as ... ... middle of paper ... ...remely complex and impregnated by love and hate is the main similarity between the two texts. Sonny, through his music, is successful in changing his brother’s idea of what he is supposed to do with his life.
Happy seemingly cares little for his father as an adult, as is obvious when he cho... ... middle of paper ... ...ed: each one layered on deep love and faith; lies and hurt. Willy gambles everything he has- and more- on Biff, even though he seems to hate his son at times. This is most likely because Willy knew Biff knew his dirty little secret, and could not stand to think that his actions may have harmed his child’s balance. Yet it is ironic that Willy Loman’s legacy, based on the insurance money- is not used by the son he loved best, but by the one who always came in second. It leaves the audience wondering if Happy loved his father more than the worshipped Biff, or if Biff loved his father so much he could not stand to touch the money, knowing that his father had killed himself solely for his benefit.
Doodle’s brother demonstrates character traits such as pride, hope, and selfishness. Doodle’s brother makes his pride evident through his actions toward Doodle when he is teaching Doodle to walk. Doodle’s brother says, “But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle had become mine” (337). Doodle’s brother admits he had become proud in Doodle and that he taught Doodle how to walk. The author could have implied that Doodle’s brother was ashamed that he was proud in Doodle because of what that pride does to Doodle.
But somehow he managed to teach him. “When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed to have a brother who couldn’t walk, so I set out to teach him”. (204) Doodle’s brother did not feel sorry for Doodle because he cannot walk. Doodle’s brother did it for his reputation because like he said, it was embarrassing. Finally at the end of the story, Doodle’s brother finally learns to love his brother for his personality.
Doodle’s brother says some things that make him want to be a sufficient brother. For example, he writes, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” (Page 389). This shows how the narrator’s attitude about helping Doodle creates internal conflict between his desire for pride and his knowledge that it is wrong. Comparatively, in The Scarlet Ibis, Doodle strives for these ambitions because he wants to fit in. He knows that he is antithetic, and like everyone else in the world, Doodle just wants to feel like he corresponds with the world.
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.