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Analysis Of 'The Scarlet IbisAndThe Tunnel'

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“Experience which destroys innocence, Also leads one back to it.” From James Arthur baldwin “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst and “The Tunnel” By Doris Lessing both present two characters that attempted to benefit themselves and as a result they experience a transformation from Innocence to awareness. The narrator in “The Scarlet Ibis” has a brother that goes by the name of Doodle. Doodle was not expected to live long and his dad even buys him a coffin because he was born very sickly but miraculously overcomes his issues. The Narrator tries to kill his brother at a young age because he knows doodle will never be normal and doesn't want him as a brother. As James Hurst points out “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kills him by smothering him with a pillow” This reveals his embarrassment because he is so ashamed of his own brother he attempts to suffocate him. By the age of 5 Doodle still did not know how walk the narrator shows by stating ”When doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so i set out to teach him” his brother was embarrassed and decided to teach him how to walk. Brother teaches doodle how to walk on his 6th birthday. Brother would take doodle to Old Womens Swamp a extremely beautiful place, and he would also show him the barn their that contained doodles coffin. Doodle started school and one day during
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