In "The Scarlet Ibis," how does Doodle imagine his perfect future?

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Doodle's mentality is that of a small child.  He thinks that he's going to grow up and marry his mother, and he'll always live with his parents and brother.  Although it sounds crazy, that's his mentality.  He's a dreamer and the symbol of innocence all in one.  Unfortunately, Doodle does not get the future he dreams of, lying in the soft grass of Old Woman Swamp, living in a house make of "whispering leaves," and collecting dog-tongue. 

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