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Topics: James Hurst, Dante Alighieri / Pages: 3 (684 words) / Published: Jan 17th, 2014
Dante Alighieri once said “Avarice, envy, pride, three fatal sparks, has set the hearts of all on fire.” This quote connects to the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” written by James Hurst, which also portrays the idea that acts of courage can develop and nurture personal integrity. The story is introduced by the narrator that confesses how everyone in his family was convinced their new born baby boy Doodle (also referred as the protagonist’s younger brother known as “Brother”) was crippled, mentally, and physically disabled. Although it is later on known that Doodle is indeed a healthy human being mentally but has slight difficulties physically. The narrator’s shame towards Doodle’s limitations helps build his determination into the brother that he longs for. However, Brother’s expectations pushes Doodle constantly past the point of physical endurance. Doodle does learn a lot from Brother, but everything he comprehends comes at a ultimately high & dangerous price to Doodle to a certain extent where he purposefully abandons his weak brother, & he puts him to an early death, in which later he is wallowed through self-condemnation.

Pursuing this further, pride of the protagonist trains a physically deprived little boy Doodle how to walk and give him the same amenities as every other healthy child. The pride of the narrator, “I [Brother] am going to teach Doodle how to walk.” (170). Pride, in this instance, gives Brother enough courage and vigor to help another human being in beneficial way. Because of this, he achieved great intentions with Doodle, although his courage for his ambitions makes him push too far. It is established that the narrator only taught Doodle how to learn these things because of selfish reasons. However, Brother’s motives gave Doodle happiness all young children should obtain. Likewise he offered Doodle an opportunity to become close to a typical six year old boy. Learning these new activities from Brother allowed Doodle to have new

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