If You Let Your Ego/Pride Grow Too Big, it Might Lead to Your Demise and Destruction
Doodle should learn how to walk
"A long list of don'ts went with him, all of which I ignored once we got out of the house. To discourage his coming with me, I'd run him across the ends of the cotton rows." (Hurst, 345) This shows his pride because he is too prideful to let his brother go along with him and hang out with him because he doesn't want to care for him.
"There is within me (and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty born by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction and at times was mean to Doodle" (Hurst 346) Even though he did not want to be mean to doodle he was because he let his pride get the best of him
"When doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age that could not walk." (Hurst, 346) This talks about our theme because he is ashamed that brother cannot walk because it hurting his pride and image
"they did not know that I did it for myself that pride whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed" (Hurst 347) This exemplifies the theme that if you let your ego/pride too big, it might lead to your demise and destruction. It shows that because he's tearing his self down because he only taught Doodle because of his pride.
"Once I had succeeded in teaching Doodle to walk, I began to believe in my own infallibility and I prepared a terrific development program for him." (Hurst, 349) This quote shows the theme because he is now believing he can teach Doodle any thing and won't mess up at all which is how you mess something up and hurt something, or someone.
"I hadn't run to far before I stopped and the flood of childish spite evanesced as well. I stopped and waited for Doodle."(Hurst 353) This helps support our theme because he realizes that he is putting his pride in front of his brother and left him in his time of need.