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Who are the main characters in The Scarlet Ibis?

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paulav | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 27, 2009 at 1:25 AM via web

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Who are the main characters in The Scarlet Ibis?

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spaceelaci | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 27, 2009 at 5:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Brother is the narrator. He"s not given a name but is referred to by Doodle, his brother, only as "Brother."

Doodle is the younger brother who is mentally and physically challenged.

Daddy   believes that Doodle will die shortly after being born. So much so that he builds him a coffin.

Mama  frets over Doodle's every move. She is very protective.

Aunt Nicey is the aunt of Brother and Doodle. She is the only one who seems to believe that Doodle will live. 

 

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jaslin | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 30, 2012 at 2:25 AM (Answer #2)

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Brother is the narrator. He"s not given a name but is referred to by Doodle, his brother, only as "Brother."

Doodle is the younger brother who is mentally and physically challenged.

Daddy   believes that Doodle will die shortly after being born. So much so that he builds him a coffin.

Mama  frets over Doodle's every move. She is very protective.

Aunt Nicey is the aunt of Brother and Doodle. She is the only one who seems to believe that Doodle will live.

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jaslin | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 30, 2012 at 2:26 AM (Answer #3)

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Brother is the narrator. He"s not given a name but is referred to by Doodle, his brother, only as "Brother."

Doodle is the younger brother who is mentally and physically challenged.

Daddy   believes that Doodle will die shortly after being born. So much so that he builds him a coffin.

Mama  frets over Doodle's every move. She is very protective.

Aunt Nicey is the aunt of Brother and Doodle. She is the only one who seems to believe that Doodle will live.

 

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jaslin | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 30, 2012 at 2:26 AM (Answer #4)

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Brother is the narrator. He"s not given a name but is referred to by Doodle, his brother, only as "Brother." Doodle is the younger brother who is mentally and physically challenged. Daddy believes that Doodle will die shortly after being born. So much so that he builds him a coffin. Mama frets over Doodle's every move. She is very protective. Aunt Nicey is the aunt of Brother and Doodle. She is the only one who seems to believe that Doodle will live.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM (Answer #5)

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The main characters are Doodle and Brother.  Ironically, neither one uses his actual name during the story.  Doodle has a real name—William Armstrong—but his brother says it is the kind of name that “sounds good only on a tombstone.”

Brother is seven years older than Doodle.  When the baby is born, he nicknames him Doodle because he crawls backwards.  Doodle is a disappointment to him, and he is embarrassed by him.

There is inside me (and with sadness I have seen it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love. And at times I was mean to Doodle.

The narrator comments on how he showed his brother his coffin and made him cry.  He also forced him to walk, and tried to teach him to swim when he was afraid.  Brother’s efforts sometimes improved Doodle’s quality of life, but they also added to the danger in his weakened condition and eventually to his death.

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