In even though he is tired. Soon after, a

In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, there is an overall theme of pride. Throughout the story it is evident that the narrator has too much pride for his own good. He is always trying to push his disabled brother, Doodle, to do things that it seems he’s not capable of doing. The theme of pride is showed mainly throughout the plot and climax of the story. The plot of “The Scarlet Ibis” shows that the narrator cannot except his brother’s disability. Throughout the story he says things alluding to his embarrassment like, “He was born when I was six and was, from the outset, a disappointment.” He tries to teach Doodle to be “normal” by teaching him to walk, run, swim, etc. In the beginning of the story Doodle wasn’t able to even stand, so the narrator always took him out in a wagon. When Doodle was five the Narrator, “…was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn’t walk,” so he decided to teach him to do so. This was successful, but gave him too much confidence, which made him think he could teach Doodle to run, swim, climb trees, and fight before school started. The climax of “The Scarlet Ibis” also shows the theme of pride. While eating lunch a scarlet ibis appears, and dies in front of the family, which symbolizes what is about to happen to Doodle. It was a week before the start of school and Doodle had not learned to run, swim, climb trees, or fight, but as the narrator said, “I should have already admitted defeat, but my pride wouldn’t let me.” The narrator takes Doodle down to the swamp and makes him row a boat, even though he is tired. Soon after, a wild storm starts abruptly, forcing the brothers to run home. There was one problem, though; Doodle couldn’t run. The narrator ran, thinking Doodle would learn to keep up, but he didn’t and he fell, and got hurt. Doodle called for his brother, saying, “Brother, brother, don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!” His brother was angry, though. Angry that his brother was disabled, angry that he hadn’t taught him what he wanted to before school, angry from his pride. The narrator ran ahead, leaving an injured Doodle behind out of spite, only to come back and find him dead. Through the plot and climax, it is easy to see that pride is a reoccurring theme of “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. Not only does the narrator outright admit his pride, but his actions show it. He has trouble excepting his brother’s disabilities, and is embarrassed by him, most likely caused by his immense pride. He didn’t want his brother to be, “a disappointment.” In the end, his pride caused more harm than good. 

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