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by James Hurst

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Explain your opinion of the narrator's behavior at the end of the story.

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The assignment asks you to express your opinion of Brother’s behavior at the end of the “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. Therefore, you would use your knowledge, emotional reaction to the events of the story, and text evidence to explain your personal judgement or thinking about those events.

In the final scene of the story, Brother runs ahead and leaves Doodle to fend for himself in the storm. A frightened Doodle seeks protection from the storm under the bleeding tree where he dies from exhaustion and fright. Brother returns to find his brother and ends up hunched over Doodle who has passed away. For all of the times that Brother pushed Doodle to his limits, or expressed his mean attitude, in this case, he is distraught and attempts to shelter the dead child from the storm.

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