William Armstrong: Brother's Fault

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William Armstrong also known as Doodle, an innocent little boy that died. The argument is was the death a natural, an accident or was it his brother’s fault. I believe that Doodle’s death was his brother’s fault, because his brother showed a lot of cruelty towards Doodle, more than compassion. The reason are he only taught Doodle how to walk because he didn’t like his brother being “different”. It even states in text that, “When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed of having a brother who couldn’t walk”(pg 2) The brother just saw Doodle as a embarrassment and that’s when he decided to force him to walk, which he has health issues that even his doctor and mom said that he wouldn’t be able to walk, because of the strain in his heart, …show more content…
When they named Doodle, William Armstrong, the brother thought that “Such a name sounds good on a tombstone” (pg 1) and everyone in the family including the doctor thought Doodle was going to die. It even states that “I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow” (pg 5) The only reason why the brother didn’t smother him is because he saw that Doodle was “all there”, but in other words the brother was okay with taking Doodle’s life. “To discourage him coming with me” (pg 2). When brother went outside or had to do something that involved going outside, Doodle would want to go but the brother didn’t want to take him because there was a lot of do’s and don’ts for Doodle, because of his health …show more content…
“Then I’ll leave you here by yourself” (pg 2). Those are the exact words the brother said to Doodle when Doodle wouldn’t touch his mahogany box, which it was basically his tombstone and Doodle didn’t want to do it, so the brother threatened to leave him, which Doodle responded saying “Don’t leave me brother” (pg 2) which shows that Doodle is afraid whenever his brother says that. Which the point lead up to when the brother actually left his, which lead up to his death. “I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us” (pg 6). In my conclusion, I believe that the brother is responsible for Doodle’s death, because he should I have never left Doodle in the first place and that he showed a lot of cruelty instead of compassion to his brother, which I see as he dislikes his brother and that he never wanted him in the first place, because he just wanted a normal

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