""I am going to call you Doodle. William only sounds good on a casket"
He mustn't get too excited, too hot, too cold, too tired and me must always be treated gently.
Scarlet Ibis by: James Hurst Storyboard by: Lola Wilhite
The story has a negative tone throughout. One example is where the brother says giving Doodle his nickname was the best thing he could do for him because William Armstrong only sounded good on a casket.
This quote and use of word choice of repeating the word "too" give an image to the reader of how weak and fragile Doodle is. The brother later says how much of a burden Doodle is to the family because of these weaknesses.
I am going to teach you how to walk because I am too embarrassed to have a brother that can't walk.
The scene of when the brother tells Doodle about his casket uses imagery by stating "'Don’t leave me, Brother,' he cried, and leaned toward the coffin. His hand, trembling, reached out, and when he touched the casket, he screamed. A screech owl flapped out of the box into our faces, scaring us and covering us with Paris green. Doodle was paralyzed". This gives an image of how terrified Doodle i and how he wants his brother to protect him.
Don't leave me!
The author writes in a very sorrowful style regarding how the narrator views his brother. He creates a dark feeling throughout the story. For example, at the end of the story, the brother is grieving because he regrets the horrible way he treated Doodle when they spent time together.
The theme of the story is if one's actions are because of pride, they can lead to regret. The brother makes Doodle do many things, including learning how to walk and boating. He makes Doodle learn to do these "easy" actions because he is embarrassed. In the storm, the brother is fed up by the burden of Doodle and thinks his brother is holding him back. After Doodle dies, the narrator is filled with regret.