After teaching Doodle to walk, why does the narrator set such a demanding development program for Doodle?

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In "The Scarlet Ibis" the narrator is the older brother of young Doodle, who has had physical obstacles from birth. Instead of being the overproctective big brother who helps Doodle navigate through a difficult world, much like we all would like to picture ourselves doing if put in that situation, the narrator describes the selfish response most of us typically have in day to day life.

The narrator is embarassed by his puny and awkward little brother Doodle. Because of this, he pushes Doodle to learn how to walk, run, and be the most normal version of a kid that the narrator can muster. But this hard work really doesn't seem to be for Doodle, who is just happy to be spending time with his older brother. Instead, the narrator is teaching and pushing Doodle so the narrator isn't embarassed by him when school begins and he sees all of his friends. He doesn't want to deal with having the little brother who is different. 

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