A Delicate Life in The Scarlet Iblis by James Hurst and Woman with Flowers by Naomi Long Margaret

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Each life is fragile in its own way. If something is rushed into a new kind of living their not ready for, their life could get destroyed. If it gets destroyed then that is a loss of something that could have had a beautiful life. Although a short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst and a poem “Woman With Flower”by Naomi Long Margaret, they both share a common message that life should not be driven, life is delicate and precious. A life should be something that develops on its own at its own pace.
In the "Scarlet Ibis," the narrator tries to make his special brother normal, all because he was ashamed of his little brother, Doodle. In the story, the narrator did not help his brother for his brothers sake, but for his own selfish
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“Much growth is stunted by too careful prodding,” (line 7) give it a break, and a chance to grow or it will die.
Living up to one's expectations can be difficult. As show in this short story and poem if something cannot exceed to someones wishes that person might try to succeed them on there own, like the over watering and the rush to learn to be ‘normal’. In both of these stories there was a fail to succeed someone else's wishes. So someone else tried exceeding it for themself, and ended up killing the one they loved. “The things we love we have to learn to leave alone,” (Woman With Flower, line 9) The poem and short story both had this lesson in them, where the narrators could not leave something alone because they wanted it to grow up quicker, which ended in death for both the short story and poem. Nothing is perfect, not even the narrators for “The Scarlet Ibis,” and “Woman With Flower.” In both of these stories there are examples of a life being rushed into something they did not want, but for the person rushing their lives needs and own selfish reasons. Particularly, in “The Scarlet Ibis,” the narrator wanted to urge his little brother into becoming like all of the kids his age, but his brother had a disability and this made it very difficult for him. In “Woman With Flower,” a woman rushed the life right out of her plant by over watering it, and giving it to much care. Both of these stories are great examples of
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