Analysis Of The Scarlet Ibis

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“But a man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.” (Ernest Hemingway) The Scarlet Ibis is about a boy who wants to teach is disabled brother, Doodle, to do normal things, but the boy does not know when enough is enough. Brother pushed Doodle so hard, it eventually to his death. Brother and Doodle did not accept defeat, but only Doodle was destroyed. In the story, The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst, the theme ego cannot accept defeat is revealed through symbolism and rising action. First of all, the theme ego cannot accept defeat is demonstrated through symbolism. Brother had just worked Doodle so hard it had caused him to collapse, Brother started running faster and faster and left Doodle behind. The narrator described, “I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us.” (Hurst 6). This quote is saying that brother left Doodle in the rain when Doodle was very vulnerable, Brother completely abandoned Doodle. The storm represents how all of brothers efforts have failed and now the weight of his failure is coming down on him. The wall of rain is a symbol for Brothers ego because it created a division between him and Doodle. Brother leaving Doodle behind is a symbol for how Brother stopped caring about Doodle and only cares about his pride . Another moment when the theme ego cannot accept defeat is when their dad made a go-cart so Brother could pull Doodle around, but Brother did not want to carry Doodle around.

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