The author introduces the theme of pride by saying,"It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow." (Hurst 345)
The author molds the theme in the text by saying Doodle was "A burden in many ways". (Hurst 345)
The narrator displays his selfishness and pride by saying, "When Doodle was 5 years old, I was embarrassed of having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him." (Hurst 346) This shows that he was doing it for his own gratification, because he was ashamed about Doodle.
Doodle's Death: Conclusion
The narrator shows that he taught Doodle to walk for his own purposes when he says, "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 of having a crippled brother." (Hurst 347)
The author foreshadows Doodle's death by saying, "How many miles it traveled to die like this, in our yard, beneath the bleeding tree." (Hurst 352) Doodle accomplished a lot, to have it all destroyed in a second. The narrator was proud of Doodle's progress, but still wanted more for him like the Ibis should've had.
The narrator runs away from Doodle when he needed help, which resulted in Doodle's death. The narrator's pride awakened, and it shows when he said, "The knowledge that Doodle's and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind, with a wall of rain dividing us." (Hurst 353) He ran because he was ashamed that Doodle wasn't what he viewed as normal. His pride took over and was his downfall.