i have been looking and i cant find a theme, paradox, or personification in the book. if you could help me that would be awesome!
Clearly, there is a theme of pride that conflicts with love in this short story as the narrator himself admits that his pride drives him to demand of Doodle that of which he is incapable. Early in the story, the narrator admits to his deadly pride,
But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle had become mine. I did not know then that pride is a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death.
Because of his embarrassment at having such a pathetic little brother,the narrator pushes Doodle to learn to walk, run, and swim.
There is a paradox in this narrative, too. This apparent contradiction is evidenced in this observation of the narrator:
...a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction
The attribution of the qualities and characteristics of a human or animal to inanimate things, personification is found in the brother's description of the abstract quality of hope that he feels after Doodle becomes strong enough to stand on his own:
Hope no longer hid in the dark palmetto thicket but perched like a cardinal in the lacy toothbrush tree, brilliantly visible,