At the beginning of the story, the tone leads to be despairing because they describe Doodle of having no hope of living. Towards the middle the tone gets ominous(like the dark looking like the clouds above) because he shows more hope but his outcome is still unknown. At the very end of the story, the tone becomes very sorrowful because Doodles death brings sadness among the family.
The words in the story that are spoken by the characters have the capility to put the reader into the story. The characters use descriptive words such as "shaggy" "prodding", "thirsty" and many others. The words the author uses makes the story easier to follow, imagine and read.
In the story, for me personally, I imagine the boys being very different in styles, personalities and looks. From the words they use to describe them, I imagine brother as looking like a pretty normal boy with not the best personality. Doodle though, I imagine looks slightly different with his disability.
The story is told in a very dark, deep, sad and almost lonely style. The author uses a metaphor to compare doodles health problems to the family's' sadness. "There is within me (and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction, and at times I was mean to Doodle." The family often compared their own sadness and despair from Doodle to his condition.
While reading the story, it is clear to see that the theme of pride is given an important lesson learned."I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death." It shows that the brother felt remorse, but also shame from the pride he had. In many cases, pride is something good, something of everyday life but with Doodle's brother, its something he's ashamed of. He believes that his pride was the cause of his brothers' death.