Personification To Foreshadow Doodle's Death In Hurst

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The theme of death is deeply and affectively demonstrated through Hurst’s powerful diction. Hurst first employs this personification to foreshadow Doodle’s death when he artfully dictates, “The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton fields and through every room of our house, speaking softly the names of our dead” (pg. 315). The personification of the “graveyard flowers” as an intelligent portal linking the dead and alive strongly foreshadows the death of Doodle. Death is pictured floating around the house, infecting the main gathering place of the family. The reader is given the idea that the narrator has his mind constantly on the dearly departed Doodle. Hurst continues on to speak of the childhood…show more content…
After being stunned by the Paris Green, Hurst embeds a sense of burden and pity in Doodle: “Doodle was paralyzed, so I put him on my shoulder and carried him down the ladder, and even when we were outside the bright sunshine, he clung to me crying, ‘Don’t leave me. Don’t leave me’” (318). After reading about Doodle, it is clear that the narrator has a sadness deep inside him for Doodle. When Doodle cries, “Don’t leave me,” a sudden feeling of sadness bestows the reader, one that explains the sadness in this boy as a burden. Hurst makes sure to foreshadow unending sadness in Doodle’s life, and a miserable ending. Later, Hurst continues on to describe the feelings of the person who loved Doodle the most: the big brother. Before Doodle was shown his coffin, the narrator says, “There is within me (and with sadness I have watched others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seeds of destruction, and at times I was mean to Doodle” (318). Even though the narrator is the one that cares for Doodle the most, he is still cursed to feel the spontaneous cruelty of love. This reminder is a hard blow to all that Doodle has lived for, as his handicaps will always be hindering his happiness – and perpetuating his sadness. It is also implied by the narrator that Doodle will never understand why the sudden hatred rises. Doodle is cursed to live in…show more content…
As soon as the story takes action in characterization, it becomes extremely clear that the narrator is a somewhat lonely, yet normal boy who yearns for a companion in living the life of a happy child. But as “mama, crying,” tells the narrator “that even if William Armstrong lived, he would never do these things with me [the narrator],” the reader is overcome with grief not only for the narrator, but for Doodle as well (317). The life and efforts of Doodle are instantaneously challenged when the narrator declares this. This sense of “fruitless effort” is demonstrated so strongly through this quote that we, along with the narrator, know that no matter how hard Doodle tries, he will never satisfy the people around him. The story continues woefully, the readers at their toes, hoping for the slightest chance of happiness for Doodle. But, he reaches his climax due to the small spot of malice found in love. When Doodle is found dead, the narrator “For a long time, it seemed forever… lay there crying” and as a cruel comparison, he continues, “sheltering my [the narrator’s] fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of the rain” (323). It seems incredibly unfair to the life of this boy that was trying so hard for acceptance to be so easily discarded. As the naïve older brother lays there crying, it is only natural that it seems Doodle himself learned more to life than the brother, in that Doodle was able to find a

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