The story explores a variety of facets of pride from the perspective of Brother, a young man whose pride becomes a destructive force in his life. In the end, Doodle's heart fails under the strain, a victim of Brother's insistence. There are recurring descriptions of places such as the Old Woman Swamp, Horsehead Landing, and the family house itself, before and after the events of the story. Teaching Doodle to walk is Brother's first success. Recognizing Limits It can often be tempting to push ourselves and the people we love past their limits in the hopes of achieving a goal, just like what happened with Doodle and the narrator.
There's even more subtle symbolism when Doodle can't spend too much time in the sun a symbol of life. That running motif of death is unmistakable in the story. These range from guilt, pride, and embarrassment, to love. While Doodle is being forced by Brother to visit what is meant to be his coffin, he is put in an uncomfortable position. They threaten his sense of pride. The main character also realizes pride can kill.
He was different and special. It will make the readers cogitate about the symbols that foreshadowing the future events, also human pride and its dire consequences that will make us take a moment and reflect about it. Although Doodle was born with disabilities, he has two eyes, two legs, two ears and he is just like everyone else. Brother's love for Doodle is bound up with cruelty and shame. Both boys appreciate the beauty around them, but Doodle does especially; the natural world serves as a kind of therapy for him, a means of healing himself and moving forward in the face of his disability. Best For: Large Format Printing, Adobe Illustrator PowerPoint Convert your storyboard into an amazing presentation! But Brother's love for Doodle is challenged by two very human failings: pride, and the cruelty that results from it. While Doodle's death is the climax of the story, the ultimate point of it all is an analysis of the positive and negative effects of pride.
Because of his pride, he does these things more with his own benefit in mind than his brother's. Brother feels embarrassed and ashamed of Doodle's limitations and obvious differences from other people. The Scarlett Ibis is also dying slowly in the yard after the disorienting hurricane. The consignment of coffin and go-cart to the loft are signs of the progress that Doodle makes in being like his older brother. During the story, the older brother talks about his thoughts and actions towards his little brother, Doodle. He had kept pushing him till they were successful, because he wanted at least one thing in Doodle that would make everyone proud. The storm that was occurring seconds before Doodle died was also an example of setting.
Brother's love for Doodle is bound up with cruelty and shame. When he starts crawling, William crawled backwards like a Doodlebug, and hence Brother named him Doodle. The death of both of them are miraculous … and beautiful. The next day, the boys went for their daily exercise lessons, but Doodle was too weak to practice. When Brother's family congratulates him. Is Doodle proud of himself? Doodle fails to identify with either expectation, refusing to die or admit that the coffin made for him is his, and remaining oblivious to Brother's insistence that he should not be different from the other children at school. Now, the kid brother, William Armstrong, is born with some disabilities.
He can't be accepted in our society. While they gawk at it, the bird drops dead. Doodle was not expected to be able to stand, but he not only stood, he walked, ran, and paddled. Another theme is that often times when not much is expected out of someone they set out to prove the doubtful person wrong. The big red bird, which is commonly found in the tropical South American regions, dies in their yard, many miles away from his home. That's what you call brotherly love! Natural beauty plays a huge role in this story, from the vivid descriptions of the house and its surroundings, the swamp, the storm, the creek, and so much more, right to the beauty of the fallen scarlet ibis itself. In the end, Doodle's heart fails under the strain, a victim of Brother's insistence.
When Doodle asks which bird it was, the father tells them that it was a scarlet ibis. There are many stories of heroism involving men risking their own lives to save a fallen colleague and equally stories of horror involving wounded men being left to die. Hurst does not shy away from emphasizing that the war's main legacy in the United States was the deaths of many men, a fact that he drives home in his references to American war graves and deaths. During the story, the older brother talks about his thoughts and actions toward his little brother, Doodle. Authors use symbols to add deeper meaning to certain people or objects in a story. Guilt Because this story is framed as a retrospective, there is a lot of room for the narrator's guilt to come through.
The five o'clocks by the chimney still marked time, but the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle. Perseverance through selfish pride is not true perseverance. In the story, Hurst uses the elements of setting, foreshadowing, and symbolism to create a bittersweet, nostalgic memory of the character of Doodle. He seems to balance his physical disabilities with his imagination and determination. In a sense, Doodle floats above the expectations of others like the winged beings of his fantasies. Love is accepting and compassionate in its nature.
Finally, both Doodle and the Scarlet Ibis had come a surprisingly long way from where they started. The flower garden is prim, the house a gleaming white, and the pale fence across the yard stands. We start the action at the 'clove of seasons. Brother's love for Doodle is bound up with cruelty and shame. In what ways does pride bring about both life and death in the story? The reader should see Doodle's death looming, almost from his first mention in the story, and that lets the reader focus attention on what causes that death - pride.