The narrator goes back and finds Doodle beneath a bush sitting on the ground with his face buried in his arms. We also know that if Doodle gets hurt, Brother will feel responsible. The more we care about the characters, and the more we can relate to their experiences, the more suspense we feel. The is the main symbol in the story, as is the color red and the ibis in comparison to Doodle as fragile yet majestic. Although, the narrator becomes fond of his brother, he is still embarrassed Doodle was crippled so he decided to teach him to walk.
Doodle is born a sickly child, who is not expected to live because of his birth defects. They work through the spring and summer, and Doodle makes some progress, but Brother worries that he still will not be able to keep up with the other boys in school. One day during the summer, the family finds a scarlet ibis that dies in their yard. Now, the kid brother, William Armstrong, is born with some disabilities. His family even has a small coffin made in the case of his death. Their father builds Doodle a go-cart to get around in, and the narrator is forced to take Doodle with him everywhere he goes. Once he takes him to the barn loft and shows him the coffin that was made for him when he was a baby.
One day, a big red bird appears in their garden, looking sick and tired. After lunch Brother takes Doodle to Horsehead Landing and makes Doodle row the rowboat, even though he's exhausted. The color red is a universal symbol that can mean anger, love, danger, or warning. The older brother had had many expectations from Doodle and trained him day by day how to run, to climb and to swing. From that day forward the narrator works Doodle doggedly to teach him more strenuous activities such as swimming, running, fighting, and climbing. If you like the story and want to read more by the same author, you may be out of luck. Sometimes the narrator is mean to Doodle.
Complication Brother's pride gets in the way. The flower garden is tamed, the house painted a gleaming white, and the fence across the yard clean and organized. The flower garden next to Mr. He also wants Doodle to have at least one thing that everyone feels proud of. After they finish eating the brothers head down to the creek to practice rowing.
It is a story of two brothers, and how the pride of one person can be an incredible and destructive force. He, instead, starts to move as fast as he can, and stops after some distance to wait for Doodle, who never comes. This emotional pain is a result of extreme pride and extreme shame. They both realize their efforts have failed. Brother describes how much of a burden Doodle is.
They hug Brother for teaching him. Doodle is five and he still can't walk. However, almost a year after the plan was made, Doodle is far from accomplishing the goals by the nearing deadline. He finds his little brother dead and shields the child from the storm with his own body. At first the narrator resists Doodle, but then realizes that Doodle is his brother and that he's stuck with him.
. The two like to kick it in Old Woman Swamp. The doctor believes that the strain of this effort could kill Doodle, but Doodle is able to learn to crawl, and he joins the family outside of his bedroom for the first time. The vision of Doodle at this moment parallels the death of the ibis. Doodle is especially sympathetic, and gives the bird a proper burial. Brother feels like a pile of dung because he realizes he taught Doodle to walk, not out of love, but out of the shame of having a crippled brother.
Brother comments that it was the nicest thing he did for Doodle because no one expects much from someone with a name like Doodle. He's an imaginative, sensitive child, but our narrator will be happy with nothing less than his fantasy athletic brother. Brother comments on how much things have changed since that summer. His parents and Aunt are overjoyed at seeing Doodle walk. Brother tries to teach Doodle anyway, and sets him on his feet. Mama tells him Doodle will never be able to run and play like he does. We know that the events Brother describes happened in the past, though we don't know exactly how far back in the past.
He makes Doodle touch it under the threat of leaving him there. This section contains 812 words approx. Suddenly, the ibis tries to fly, but its wings are uncoordinated and it crashes to the ground, dying. Summary: A Doodle Is Born The narrator of 'The Scarlet Ibis' is a kid who is never named. When Doodle walks in front of his family for the first time he and his family, and hopefully the readers experience an outpouring of emotion. A specific location is not provided, either, but this is less important that the description of the scene. Here we are focusing on the plot structure of that second story, the story in Brother's memory, which begins when Doodle is born, when Brother is six.