Scarlett Ibis Essay

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Secretive Symbolism Conflict in a story grabs a readers attention from the start. Suspenseful drama that unfolds throughout a story and throws in a twist at the end of it can lead to disappointment for a reader, but it will always be memorable. In “The Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurst uses a frame tale to reflect a story around an older brother who has conflict with his newborn handicapped brother, Doodle. He wants his handicapped brother to be everything he has dreamed of. The conflict between the two brothers begin when the doctor delivers terrible news about his family that their newborn child wasn’t going to live much longer. In the beginning Hurst starts out using the doctor to start the conflict by telling the family that their newborn child will not be able to live a normal life. When the mother relays the news to the older brother he doesn’t take it well. His perfect thoughts of a younger brother to run, play, and enjoy being with all went out of the window and his thoughts became dark and twisted. After he hears the news he says, “Its 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 by smothering him with a pillow” (Hurst 7). When Doodle was two he would try to move himself from his stomach, straining to roll over and move in any possible way. His older brother observes this and sees that even though his brother is struggling he is trying his best. He starts to think that the he can mold his brother into someone he is proud of and able to communicate with. One day he sees his brother outside and like a drill sergeant demands that he learns to walk. Doodle is hesitant at first but because of his brothers persistent he is forced to keep trying. The reasons he is teaching Doodle to walk is selfish taking on this act not to help his brother as he says “Doodle walked only

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