In "The Scarlet Ibis," which of Doodle's characteristics enable him to learn to walk?    

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to being persistent, Doodle is innocent when it comes to the harshness of this world.  He cannot stand to process the negative aspects of reality such as the coffin that Brother shows him (which was intended for Doodle) or the abandoned dead scarlet ibis outside their house.  To combat these shocking truths of life, Doodle dreams, and his dreaming personality enables him to envision himself walking, running, doing all the things that Brother does.  In his dreams, he also sees himself living in an idyllic swamp kingdom, where he flies high above all the troubles and concerns of the world.

Doodle also possesses selflessness, which causes him to want to please Brother and his parents more than anything else.  He endures physical pain, Brother's condescension, and more so that he can make Brother and the rest of his family proud of him.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "The Scarlet Ibis," Doodle is a tiny, sickly little boy who was not expected to live in the first place. But Doodle didn't die, and his inner strength served him well until his little heart did finally give out. Perserverance was certainly an attribute not lacking in Doodle's character, but his nearly worshipful desire to please his older brother was probably his main asset in learning to walk. The hug Doodle received from his brother when he took his first steps was the impetus that kept him striving for even bigger steps. After he learned to walk, both of the boys initially believed that swimming, climbing, fighting--anything was possible. 

diediedie | Student

From the story, ‘The Scarlet Ibis’, it can be seen that Doodle has went through many struggles, like learning how to walk from his brother even though he was disabled. From this, we can reveal a few very important points about his character.


            The first character trait of Doodle is his gullibility.  Firstly, we can see from the passage that Doodle was not aware that Brother “did it just for himself, that Doodle walked only because Brother was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” this means that Brother only did it because he didn’t want to be embarrassed.