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).
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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,.