Theme Emerges: The narrator experiences the theme of pride for the first time when he renames his brother, taking pride in giving him a more "proper name" as shown in the scene.
"I began to call him Doodle which is probably the nicest thing I ever done for him because no one expects much from someone named Doodle." (Hurst pg. 345)
"Look at him rolling around like a doodlebug".
"Daddy built him a go-cart, and I had to pull im around. At first, I just paraded him around the piazza, but then he started crying to be taken out into the yard and it ended up by my havining to lug him wherever I went", (Hurst pg. 345).
Theme Development: The narrator begins to feel ashamed in Doodle for having to push him around in the go cart all the time. His initial opinions on Doodle lead to his character change later and the quote shows his opinions on Doodle.
Theme Develops: The narrator gets a slight sense of pride when Doodle stood for the first time. This scene shows his development in love for Doodle, as well as pride. As seen in the quote, Doodle is very proud and happy for Doodle and gives him the hug in response.
"After many weeks of practice, Doodle stood alone for a few seconds and when he fell, I grabbed him in my arms and hugged him", (Hurst pg. 347)
"They did not know that I taught him to walk for myself; that pride, whose slave I and that Doodle walked because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother".
Theme Develops: This is a point in the story where the narrator feels a high amount of pride. He feels bad that he taught Doodle to walk only for his personal gain, and this is where he really develops into supporting the theme.
Theme Develops: The narrator's pride in Doodle weakens in this seen. He is ashamed in Doodle for being scared and unable to accomplish the goal. The quote represents that by showing how Doodle is ashamed for letting his brother down.
"I made Doodle row back against te tide. He paddled faster and faster and collapsed onto the mud when we got back to the shore. He smiled at me, ashaamed," (Hurst pg. 352-353)
Theme Concludes: The author wraps up the idea of the theme of pride in this scene. The narrator left the brother because he was ashamed. He returns to find Doodle and finds him dead. Here, the narrator learns pride the most for all he did for Doodle and is ashamed of his actions against the pride.
"The knowledge that Doodle's and my plans have come to naught was bitter, and the streak or cruelty inside me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us", (Hurst pg. 353).