The Scarlet Ibis Character Analysis

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Hope gives a purpose for life, but when it is lost, it can lead a person to ruin. James Hurst’s short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” revolves around an unnamed main character who is changed by hope. The story talks about the main character’s younger brother, Doodle, who was not expected to live long because of a medical condition which caused him to be fragile and unable to walk. The main character decided to teach Doodle how to be like a normal kid because he had hope for Doodle. However, days before school started, they were not able to achieve that goal and the main character lost that hope, leaving Doodle in the rain where he dies. Hurst uses the characterization of the older brother to show how hope changes a person’s motivations. Hurst…show more content…
This time he did not lift his face up out of the rubber grass. ‘I just can’t do it [...] Oh yes you can, Doodle,’ I said. ‘All you got to do is try. Now come on,’” (Hurst, 37). When the older brother sees how Doodle responded to him before, the older brother was given hope and decided to teach Doodle how to walk. The older brother does not give up on Doodle and he continues to strive to help him out. Even when Doodle does not believe in himself, the older brother keeps pushing Doodle to his limit. Before, the older brother did not have hope that Doodle would become a normal child, but after seeing Doodle grin, he gained hope and decided to teach Doodle how to walk. Additionally, Hurst used the characterization of the Doodle’s older brother to show how a person’s motivations can be changed negatively through the loss of hope. Hurst conveys how a person’s motivations are changed by hope using characterization. The loss of hope as a discouraging force is seen when the older brother pushed Doodle past his limit, which caused the older brother to give up on him because he did not achieve his goal. At first, the older brother still had hope in Doodle that he could accomplish his goal. The narrator states, “I should have already admitted defeat, but my pride wouldn’t let me” (Hurst, 40). There was a part of him that was starting to doubt that they would reach their goal, when he said that they “should have already

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