Unfortunately, Doodle was no match for his brother’s aggressive and selfish actions. In the end, Brother’s pride is to blame for Doodle’s untimely death. Brother’s pride was responsible for his opinion of Doodle. At times, Brother was kind and loving to Doodle, but the reader soon realizes that the narrator was mostly harsh and cruel to his brother. In the beginning of the story, Brother recounts the day Doodle was born, saying that he was a disappointment as soon as he entered the world.
The Scarlet Ibis In James Hurst short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” he uses the tragic relationship of two brothers to demonstrate the themes of pride and brotherly love. “They did not know that I did for myself; that pride, whose slave I was; spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” Brother only helped Doodle so he won’t be embarrassed. But he also did it to help Doodle out. Then before doodle dies, Brother fells like he didn’t do enough for Doodle or loved him enough (pg.347). “He looked straight at me and grinned”.
Hosseini shows us through Amir that even in the face of overwhelming odds, the human spirit has a determination to embrace the things that make life worth living. As children, Amir and Hassan shared an incredible bond that made them feel as if they were brothers. However, Hassan's rape by Assef maimed their friendship as Amir did nothing but watch. The encounter carving a deep scar in their lives, nothing was the same between the two of them. For the rest of his life, Amir regretted his lack of action and blamed himself for what he did to Hassan.
I hated reading the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was a very good book but it was so depressing, tragic, and scary. As I read this story, one bad thing happened after another. I did not like the narrator Amir because he was very selfish throughout most of the book and took advantage of a special friendship that him and Hassan shared until Amir didn't want anything else to do with him. As a child, Amir was constantly trying to impress his father, Baba, who looked up to Hassan more than he did Amir.
One of those situations being the betrayal of Finny to Gene when he causes him to flunk his first test. Another being how betrayed Gene felt when Leper accused him of deliberately hurting Finny and causing him to fall out of the tree, shattering his leg. The most influential betrayal of the whole novel was when Gene jounced the limb and broke Finny’s leg. Although finny forgave him, he still couldn’t help but feel a little bit betrayed by him. He had always thought they were best friends and that they were always there for each other, when Finny never realized Gene only saw the competition between them, and that really shows how completely different types of people they are.
James Hurst’s short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” evokes memories from Hurt’s childhood and the events leading to the death of his malformed, younger brother as a result of being pushed past his natural limit. Hurst expresses his ideas of the tragedy and miracles pride can emit by stating “that pride is a terrible, wonderful thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death.” (Hurst 347). The narrator’s constant shame of his deformed sibling causes him to act on selfish impulse; the result of these actions creates the contrast between phenomenon and tragedy. Pride holds the power to cloud judgment, awaken cruelty, and unlock selfishness but it also entails a type of influence that can create miracles. During one of the boys’ visits to Old Woman Swamp, the narrator shows Doodle the “mahogany box” that was made for Doodle to be buried in and tells him that “ ‘before [he helps him] down from the loft [Doodle is] going to have to touch it’ ” or “ ‘[He will] leave [him] by [himself]’ ”, demonstrating the narrator’s feeling of dominance over his crippled sibling.
The narrator in ATTH, killed because he claimed the old man’s eyes resembled that of a vulture’s and that he felt uncomfortable because he also claimed that whenever they fell on him, his “blood ran cold”. Though the motive was not because of hatred or wealth; “I loved the old man…For his gold I had no desire”, it was more than just his eyes that the narrator despised. He could have used a quicker method of killing, instead of haunting the old man for eight days, and enlisting fear into him till his last breath. “I knew that that he had been lying awake ever since the first slight noise…His fears had been ever since growing upon him.” The protagonist in each literature share the same selfish and irrational characteristics; to take away a good leader from it’s people and replace it with a dictator is a selfish and irrational act. Taking away someone else’s life
229) I believe this quote reveals the moral because as he reads this book he find out Crusoe is all alone and isolated and even though Charlie doesn’t realize it yet he himself is isolated and lonely as well. Next the writer demonstrates the lesson by including the character’s dialogue. While Charlie is reading his progress reports with Miss Kinnian he says, “All my frends are smart people but there good.” (Pg. 229) I feel this quote expresses the theme because Charlie doesn’t realize how his friends actually treat him. He thinks they’re all nice to him, but instead they just laugh at him and make fun of him which signalizes that he’s lonely.
Hindley always treated Heathcliff very badly for a long time, and Heathcliff began to despise Hindley more and more. When Mr. Earnshaw dies Heathclff is still ridiculed by Hindley. Paul Cheetham states that “After Mr. Earnshaw’s death [Heathcliff] experiences at the hands of Hindley” (Cheetham). Hindley still treats Heathclff badly after Mr. Earnshaw’s death because he doesn’t want to forgive him for what he has done. Vereen M. Bell states, “Hindley cannot forgive Heathclff for unsurpuring the love of his father, so once he master of Wuthering Heights he sees that Heathcliff is methodically humiliated and degraded” (Bell).
Blindness and Insight: Torvald’s Tragedy of Pride Pride has been the cause of many conflicts through the ages of time. It is said, that at the center of every conflict is a man’s pride. Pride is a human nature that clouds the thoughts and controls the emotions of people. Pride builds barriers of arrogance and vanity that blinds people of seeing what is really going on around them. In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the pride of Torvald blinded Torvald, and gave him a sense of manhood and superiority over Nora throughout the play until his pride was put to the test, and in doing so, revealed a weak and desperate man.