Scarlet Ibis

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A Loving Brother
Do you know what makes a good or bad brother? Well a good brother, like Doodle’s brother, will instruct him to better himself, hope for the best, and will safeguard him from any imperilment. The narrator in “The Scarlet Ibis” was a caring brother because his actions helped motivate Doodle to become self reliant. A good brother will try to teach their sibling what they should know and how he was supposed to do it. The narrator taught Doodle many things. The narrator cared enough to show Doodle to stand by himself and was proud of it, “he stood alone for a few seconds. When he fell, I grabbed him in my arms and hugged him, our laughter pealing through the swamp like a ringing bell.” (P. 598) the narrator and Doodle continued their training and Doodle walked because of the determination of the narrator. “There wasn’t a sound as Doodle walked slowly across the room and sat down at his place at the table.” (P.598) This determination brought him to the thought that he could instruct Doodle to do many other things, which is shown by this quote: “I would teach him to run, to swim, to climb trees, and to fight.” (P.599)

Brothers should be optimistic and hope for the best for their own sibling. The narrator, Doodle’s brother, thought about the future with Doodle, and they hoped it would come true. The next quote represents the narrators hope for a normal brother that would fit in with society and a wonderful future with him, “I skipped through the rooms, through the echoing halls shouting, ‘Mama, he’s all there! He’s all there!’”(P.595) Doodle’s brother was very determined to give Doodle a normal life when he renamed him Doodle, “Renaming my brother was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him, because nobody expects much from someone named Doodle.” (P.596) Both Doodle and his brother thought about their eventuality and hoped for the best, “We decided that when we were grown we’d live in Old Woman Swamp.” (P.599) A good brother should guard their...
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