In the story, the Scarlet Ibis, “Doodle” was born red and shriveled, with a big head and tiny body, and was physically and mentally disabled. Over time, his brother helps him accomplish things never thought possible. Doodles innocence was lost in a storm. His brother was redeemed when he thought of “Doodle” before himself. The paradise lost is when innocence is lost in the “Ibis” and the Bible. In the “Ibis” “Doodle” is the innocence and when he dies, the innocence is lost. The innocence of the Bible is lost when Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The sin of the protagonist, which is the brother, is pride. The brother states “Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” In The Scarlet Ibis, “Doodle” is viewed as a Christ figure. The first example is that he died for his brothers sins, just like Jesus died for ours. Secondly, “Doodle” died during a storm. Jesus also died in a storm. Lastly, the brother sins were forgiven when he was baptized by the rain. In the “Ibis” “Doodle” states “Brother, brother don’t leave me.” In the Bible, Jesus states “Why has thou forsaken me?” The brother was redeemed, because he thought of “Doodle” before himself, when he turned around in search for “Doodle” with no regard to his own safety. The brother said “Finally, I went back and found him huddled beneath a red nightshade bush on the side of the road.” In conclusion, “Doodle’s” innocence was sacrificed by his brother’s pride. In the end his brother is redeemed when he goes back for “Doodle” in the storm.
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