Throughout the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” the narrator is recollecting his past and explaining how his little brother Doodle ended up being one of the most important influences in his life. The narrator states “But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle had become mine. I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death.” What is meant by that statement is that pride can allow someone to thrive and become something better, and that it can also cause death because you can be blinded by pride itself and ignore other things such as love. The narrator wanted a brother who was as good as himself, he ended up getting a brother that couldn’t do what he did so he thought what’s the point of having him then. On page 345 he states “it was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him…He looked straight at me and grinned.” The narrator let his pride overpower love once again, if he didn’t smile then the narrator would have killed him. After successfully teaching doodle to walk, the narrator had become addicted to his own pride. In the story the narrator states “Once I had succeeded in teaching Doodle to walk. I began to believe in my own infallibility.” Then the narrator began to teach Doodle other activated such as swimming and running. Overall, everything all leaded up to the overarching theme of the story which is to not let cruelty or pride overpower any love that you have for someone or something. The brother did let his cruelty overpower his love and Doodle ended up dying leaving the narrator with the terrible, vivid memory forever. There is a saying that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and the narrator realized that once Doodle had died.
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