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SSHS English 9 The Scarlet Ibis Explain your opinion of the narrator's behavior at the end of the story. Is he in some way responsible for Doodle's death? Is his emotion at the very end sorrow, guilt, or something else?By the end, who do you pity more--the narrator or Doodle? Why?Do you think the narrator makes any kind of discovery at the story's end, as he cradles his brother's little body?

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I pity Doodle more. His motivation was pure. Everything he did, he did out of love for and a desire to please his brother. Think about the terrifying end to his life. The brother was truly sorrowful, but he brought it on himself and Doodle.

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The narrator does bear personal responsibility for Doodle's death, which he realizes as the narrator looking back and...

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