Scarlet Ibis Essay: First Draft
Love is a multi-faceted emotion. Within it are many sub-emotions: pride, joy, sadness, heartbreak, jealousy, some of which you would never associate with it. It truly fits the definition of a paradox, which is something, an emotion in this case, that combines elements that contradict each other. Brother, the narrator of “The Scarlet Ibis,” acted upon conflicting feelings throughout the story. He struggled with his love, and how he showed it or failed to show it, for Doodle. Brother’s love demonstrated equally cruelty, originating from his embarrassment, and typical brotherly love.
Brother showed cruelty towards Doodle throughout the story. He said that he has within him a “cruelty borne by the stream of love,” (466). This statement made it sound like he has been so unkind to his brother that he has recognized it. Like it was so obvious that he could feel it, and it was not accidental since he did not force himself, or make an effort, to stop. He also took Doodle to see his old casket. “… At times I was mean to Doodle. One day I took him up to the barn loft and showed him his casket… Doodle studied the mahogany box for a long time, then said, “It’s not mine.” “It is,” I said. “And before I’ll help you down from the loft, you’re going to have to touch it.” “I won’t touch it,” he said sullenly. “Then I’ll leave you here by yourself,” I threatened… Doodle was frightened… “Don’t leave me, Brother,” he cried,...