Essay on Love Kills in The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst

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Love Can Kill The Relationships of Brothers Many stories throughout our culture present many difficulties and challenges where characters are forced to go through many trials to develop their personalities. Writers create extremely intricate lives for the characters in which they have to fight through either their own personal difficulties or problems presented by the world. The readers learn very intimate and secretive details about these characters until they feel as if they know them personally. Readers of the story find very specific details about the story and make many very clever connections between the strangest of things in the story but they make perfect sense. In the story, The Scarlet Ibis, many extremely surprising facts …show more content…

The pressure that they feel to succeed those expectations often causes them to do extremely drastic things. Doodle’s brother often encouraged him by saying, “Well, if you don’t keep trying, then you’ll never learn to walk.” When Doodle’s brother told him this he try even harder. These goals that were set for Doodle weren’t even his own. They all came from his brother, so in a sense, Doodle’s brother is his savior and his destruction. These goals that were set showed that even though Doodle wasn’t competitive and didn’t want to try, he could still succeed with help from his brother. The character of Doodle developed thoroughly throughout this story with the help of these goals. It showed that he was determined to make his brother proud rather then make himself happy. He would rather not hurt himself but instead, he pushed on to make his brother happy. Even though Doodle loved his brother and tried to succeed for him, his brother was still cruel. When Doodle cried out, “Brother, Brother, don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!” his brother still left him alone in the rain, even though Doodle had tried so hard. Because of Doodle’s older brother, he died. Love can bring you up so far, but then you fall so much farther. Love can kill. In this story, Doodle was just a poor innocent, incapable child brought into a cruel and unforgiving world. Because o f his brother, he failed the ultimate test.

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