The "Scarlet Ibis," written by James Hurst, explains how Doodle's brother focuses all his thoughts and energy on helping his brother Doodle, a frail and weak child barely able to stand, fit into the world and more importantly, survive. Doodle's brother although muses to himself in the story that his brother would fatally embarrass him in school if he had failed to help him fit in, devotes all of his time to assist his frail brother and show him true brotherhood and teach him the lessons of the world. Although Doodle is disabled not only physically, but also mentally, Doodle's brother's vision for his brother empowers him to reach his goal. Even if it took more than a million tries, he would keep striving to improve Doodle's life. As the narrator states, "I put Doodle on his feet for at least a hundred times each summer morning By this statement it proves that Doodle's brother never abandoned his brother and left him to fail in the world. No brother would break through this many obstacles and sacrifice his time in order to give such support to younger sibling if he did not truly love him. It takes a passion and craving to influence a handicapped boy who barely fits into the world to be able to stand up. Therefore, this declaration from Brother signifies that Doodle's brother does not do everything for his own selfishness, but for Doodle. Secondly, the narrator also states in the story that "It was a Saturday Afternoon, just a few days before school was to start. I should have already admitted defeat, but my pride wouldn't let me." Doodle's brother not only tries thousands of times for his brother, but also quadrupled his efforts in order to show Doodle that he would not give up even if it was time to admit defeat. His determination to help Doodle reveals his genuine heart of concern and care. Lastly, at the end of the story the narrator again demonstrates his deep love and compassion for his younger brother, declaring, "For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain." Brother's emotional outburst suggests that he wants Doodle to know that all of his actions and intentions were meant to tie them together in a true sign of their brotherhood. Doodle's brother's actions and teachings were not for his own pride; his acts were done in order to show Doodle how much he would go through to guide his younger brother through a world he was never meant for.
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