Hurst utilizes external conflict to further his message, that cruelty can sometimes, be a way that someone might express love. One specific example that expertly shows Hurst’s message is when the brother forces Doodle, his brother, to touch his own coffin that the family made when they thought that he would not survive. Doodle is given two options, touch his own coffin or remain alone, “Doodle was frightened of being left. ‘Don’t leave me, Brother,’ he cried, and he leaned toward the coffin,”(Hurst). The brother 's cruelty is, perhaps, driven by his anger and disappointment in his brother because he longed for a companion with whom he could share his love for the outdoors, but instead he is presented with Doodle, who is fragile and incapable of most thing...
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...t the narrator wants a healthy brother with whom he could play with, but instead, Doodle is the exact opposite of what he wanted, “I wanted more than anything someone to race,” (Hurst). He is unable to play, run, or enjoy the outside with Doodle because he is physically limited. This irony also causes an internal problem for the brother because he must find ways to deal with his embarrassment of Doodle’s disabilities. The problem that causes the issues would not be there without the use of irony.
By using the internal conflict that the brother has with himself about trying not to be embarrassed, the cruel actions that the brother takes upon his brother, and the irony that is found through the entire story to further emphasize the theme. The basic message that the author is trying to send to the reader is that love is found in many forms, cruelty being one of them.
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