The Scarlet Ibis
[HS] Pride is often called a double edged sword and Love is often referred to as blind. These two powerful emotions that one possesses can either enrich life or destroy life. Pride doesn’t let you see or choose what is right or wrong and can destroy a good thing because you cannot see through it. Love too is blind and accepting and can keep you from seeing a person for who they are or their true intentions. Both lead down a path of destruction if either is not balanced within a person. Both are blind and destroyed without prejudice never allowing you choice when either is over abundant in a person. The author, James Hurst, demonstrates this in The Scarlet Ibis through physically handicapped, Doodle and his brother‘s relationship. Brother’s cruelty towards Doodle stems from pride which leads to disappointment, embarrassment and cruelty and Doodle tolerates it because he has blind trust and love for Brother. [TS]Embarrassment stemming from society’s views leads Brother to no longer wants a burden of a brother and refuses to accept him as he is. [CD] For instance, Brother’s pride pushes him to change Doodle to what he wants and what he needed in a brother. For example, Brother began teaching Doodle to walk without anyone knowing because though he wanted to succeed, if he failed he would not be able to handle the crushing blow. [DQ] For example when Brother's family congratulates him on his success, he cries with shame because, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride . . . that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (599). [COM] Whether it was to be free from caring for Doodle or for concerns on how others would view Doodle and himself, Brother was always thinking of how Doodle affected him. Brother wanted to be the same like everyone else. Since people have a harder time accepting something that is different, they tend to fear or avoid these things. They do not want to venture or to see that...
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