Essay title: The Choices of Learning
The moral conscience of the mind comes naturally to the average human being after participating in a sinful act.Those who are wise take responsibility for their actions before it is too late.Those who acknowledge their wrongdoing but do not take any accountability for it will live a life of guilt.In â€œThe Scarlet Ibisâ€, a flashback of his childhood, Brother experiences guilt because of the death of his younger brother Doodle.Throughout their years of childhood, Brother displays his disowning mentally because his brother, Doodle is â€œnot all thereâ€.In hopes of his brother becoming normal, he pushes Doodle to his limits.Tragically, the more he pushes, the weaker Doodle becomes. Ultimately, such force results in the death of Doodle.In â€œThe Scarlet Ibisâ€, James Hurst emphasizes Brotherâ€™s pain of a guilty conscience to portray regret of his actions towards Doodle through the use of diction and imagery.
Hurstâ€™s diction depicts Brother as an ashamed person who does all he can to remove powerless Doodle from his life.For example, Brotherâ€™s overwhelming pride in himself explains his motivation to change Doodle: â€œIt was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who was possibly not all there was unbearableâ€ (Hurst 1).Brother refuses to accept a disabled brother.Hurstâ€™s choice of â€œinvalidâ€ and â€œunbearableâ€ allows the reader to infer that Brotherâ€™s absence of a sensitive heart inside of him does not understand Doodleâ€™s condition.Doodleâ€™s love of Brother does not affect Brotherâ€™s thoughts about him: â€œ Heâ€™d start crying to go with me and Mama would call from wherever she was, â€?Take Doodle with you.â€™ He was a burden in many waysâ€ (Hurst 2). Brother, oblivious Doodleâ€™s love, does not understand the significance of being Doodleâ€™s role model.The burden Brother portrays Doodle as, forces Doodle to push himself harder to please Brother. Brotherâ€™s achievements are only based on the good of himself: â€œThey did not know that I did it for myselfâ€¦and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brotherâ€ (Hurst 5).Brother allows his selfishness to overcome his right judgment of accepting his imperfect brother. Brother faces a pain of guilt as he watches how Doodle improves only for his satisfaction.In conclusion, the dominant words used in this story stress the main critical points about Doodle and Brotherâ€™s relationship.
The vivid imagery illustrates Brotherâ€™s attitude towards Doodleâ€™s physical inability.For instance, when Doodle begins to walk, â€œHe collapsed onto the grass like a half-empty flour sack. It was as if he had no bones in his little legsâ€ (Hurst 4). Because of his birth defect, Doodle lacks the strength to execute simple, physical actions. Brotherâ€™s description displays a dreadful sight; such a sight causes immense remorse because he recognizes that he is the reason of the pain. As school was drawing nearer,.