Analysis Of The Short Story 'The Scarlet Ibis'

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Has a person ever loved another person so much that they want to do everything with them? For a young child this could be all they want, endless love and happiness. In the short story The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst, Doodle is a very affectionate, young boy with a disease. He has an older brother that is embarrassed and has some hatred towards him, but all Doodle wants to do is to be with him and play with him, he is just always seeking for attention from brother because that is all he really wants. Doodle is a thankful, sensitive boy who is not willing to ever be alone and has some complications because of an illness which makes him not able to do some things healthy children could.
In “The Scarlet Ibis,” it is made clear that awkward and fragile Doodle’s capability for dealing with churlish people is amazing if he loves that person enough. Clearly his brother was harsh when he was willing to punish Doodle for not touching his casket. “ ‘ Then I’ll leave you here by yourself,’ ” I threatened, and made as if I were going down. Doodle was frightened of being left. “ ‘ Don’t leave me, Brother,’ ” he cried, and leaned toward the coffin. His hand, trembling reached out, and when he touched the casket, he screamed” (Hurst). Since the family thought Doodle would die they had a casket for him and Doodle’s outrageously rude brother made that clear by showing it to him and making Doodle touch it, if Doodle would not touch it, his brother threatened to leave him up in the barn alone.

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