Wonderful, Terrible Pride

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Wonderful, Terrible Pride John Ruskin, an English author and art critic, stated that “It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.” “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst demonstrates the relationship of two brothers. The story is about the narrator and his new brother, Doodle, who is not the same as most boys his age. When Doodle is born, his parents and doctors did not think he would survive. Because Doodle is behind on everything, the narrator decides to teach Doodle some activities so his brother can be like the other kids his age. In the end, the narrator works Doodle so hard that he eventually contributes to his dis death. In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the narrator’s prideful actions illustrate the theme that “pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death” (5). In the beginning, the narrator brings the theme of the story in many ways through his prideful actions. The narrator demonstrates his prideful actions by forcing his to overcome his fears. One way the narrator exemplifies his prideful actions is by forcing his brother to touch his coffin. When Doodle is born the narrator is told that “he might not… be ‘all there’” (2). The terrible thing about making Doodle touch his coffin is that he is scared and does not want to do it, but Doodle has to toughen up. The narrator would not let Doodle come down from the ladder until he touches the coffin, even threatening to leave his brother alone at the top of the ladder. The wonderful aspect of it is that Doodle has overcome his death. Doodle is born when the narrator was six years old, “everybody that he was going to die…but he didn’t die” (1). Doodle, as a baby, is a fighter and fought for his life. Along with making Doodle tough his coffin, the narrator also performs a prideful

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