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The Scarlet Ibis a short story by James Hurst demonstrates how selfishness and greed can be used for the betterment of others As shown in this short story Doodles brothers perseverance comes only from selfishness greed and pride In the end guilt takes over bringing out the brothers love for Doodle even though Doodle was the exact opposite of what his brother had wished for The Scarlet Ibis is a short story about a boy and his malformed brother named Doodle Doodles brother wants to have a regular brother so he teaches Doodle how to walk he pushes Doodle on so he can be a regular kid He pushes Doodle on to an extreme and kills Doodle in the process Doodles brother acted out of pure selfishness greed and pride nothing else Doodles brother wanted a brother for the sole purpose of his entertainment and Doodle did not fit in his brothers mold It was bad enough having an invalid brother says the brother but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable so I began to make plans to kill him 345 This statement by Doodles brother shows his interest in having a brother is not that of love not that of mental companionship but a brother that he could use for personal entertainment Doodles brother wanted a brother who was just like him A brother that could take care of himself and go on adventures with his brother a brother like Doodle was not good enough for him thus showing his level of insensitivity and selfishness On page 346 Doodles brother takes Doodle up to where his casket is and makes him touch it Doodles brother would only do this to reiterate his control on Doodle and Doodles actions This control which Doodles brother wanted gave him enjoyment enjoyment to boss around his brother enjoyment to boss a crippled kid Doodles brother has a mean streak in him and from
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