An essay about the Scarlet Ibis

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The Scarlet Ibis Essay

The Scarlet Ibis is a story about two young boys, an older brother and a younger one with an unknown disease that enables him to live a normal life. The younger brother was said to be unable to walk, but with the help of his older brother, he did it. One would think that the brother helped Doodle with good intentions, but he didn't, he only helped him because he was embarrassed that Doodle had a handicap and he wanted a normal brother, he didn't help him because he loved him and wanted him to get better.

If I was the brother I would have done the same thing but for different reasons. I would want him to be able to walk and swim so he wouldn't feel like he wasn't normal, so he would be able to do things with his friends when he got older, so he wasn't left out all of the time.

What the brother did was definitely one of the best things that ever happened to him, at the same time, he was selfish and helpful.

The brother was unfortunately ashamed of Doodle. He even stated "it was bad enough to have an invalid brother, but having one who was not all the way there was unbearable." It's sad that the brother was so ashamed of him, but because he was so ashamed of him, he encouraged him to walk and learn to swim and other basic things young boys love to do.

The brothers came to love each other and started spending every day together running and laughing at the Old Women Swamp. Even still, the brother tried to kill Doodle, but he couldn't bring himself to do it because Doodle looked up at him and smiled with...