Pride in the Scarlet Ibis
The narrator was being humongously prideful.
"When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother at that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him" (Hurst 346). This quote truly introduces the theme of pride. The narrator explicitly states he's embarrassed that his brother can't walk, and therefore for his own gain and to boost his own ego he sets out to teach him. It was pride that made him legitimately interested in establishing a true relationship with Doodle, solely for the sake of making himself look better. This is an establishing moment of character development, proving the narrator to be of self-sufficient nature and rather selfish.
"I'm going to teach you to walk, Doodle," (Hurst 346).
"They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices..." (Hurst 347)
"...Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother" (Hurst 349). This quote, along with the other two in the panel, illustrates how pride is portrayed through the rest of the story. The narrator, now fully aware of his actions, feels guilty but continues to act our of pride in spite of it. This further develops his character as having moral standards, but still selfish.
"What are you crying for? "(Hurst 347)
"Once I had succeeded in teaching Doodle to walk, I began to believe in my own infallibility and prepared a terrific development program for him..." (Hurst 349) This quote develops the theme of pride by showing how the narrator lets it get to his head. His pride has led him to believe he can't be wrong and that he's doing Doodle a favor. His pride causes him to think like this throughout the story, which later leads to destructive consequences.
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