The Scarlet Ibis Quote Analysis

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“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” This bible verse taken from Proverbs 16:18, and clearly states the disastrous force of pride will lead to a catastrophe. Misfortune awaits for a prideful, pompous person. This quote fits perfectly with the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. Pride is destructive impetus.
Malevolent emotions are caused by pride. For example, Brother after he and Doodle failed to bring Doodle to the physical strength of a normal boy he “never spoke(What are the words that can solder cracked pride?)... The knowledge that Doodle’s and my plans had to come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty awakened”(604). This illustrates that in Brother’s case he put so much of this expectations, and pride into the plans, that when he failed he broke. This ties back and proves that pride does induce malicious thoughts and sentiments. Furthermore, Brother tries to “kill [Doodle] by smothering him with a pillow”, because he can’t bear the idea of having a disabled brother. Here again brothers pride, is great enough to go as far as to kill his own
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Notably, after Brother starts to cry after he taught Doodle to walk, “they didn’t know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to be louder than all of their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” After awhile the pride begins to control Brother, and compels Brother to take actions for the wrong reason. Brother helping Doodle itself is a good deed, but Brother did it for the wrong intentions. Not only that, but when Brother also plans to train Doodle to be physically equal with the other boys he says to Doodle ”Do you want to be different from everyone else when you start school”(601). Brother wants Doodle to fit in, but he is also doing it so he fits in as well. This is another example of misguided actions. As clearly shown, pride influences unjust

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