In The Scarlet Ibis, what evidence does the narrarator use to support his claim that Doodle was a burden in many ways?

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Doodle was a burden because he really couldn't do a whole lot for himself.  He was very weak and very dependent.  The narrator had to take him with him wherever he went and he had to be careful with him at all times.  He had a lot of restrictions when taking Doodle around with him.  To a young boy, lugging his brother around with him wherever he went would become a nuisance.

"Daddy built him a go-cart and I had to pull him around. At first I just paraded him up and down the piazza, but then he started crying to be taken out into the yard, and it ended up by my having to lug him wherever I went. If I so much as picked up my cap, he'd start crying to go with me and Mama would call from where she was, 'Take Doodle with you.'"

Another section right after this explains how he was a burden.

"He was a burden in many ways. The doctor had said that he mustn't get too excited, too hot, too cold, or too tired and that he must always be treated gently. A long list of don'ts when with him, all of which I ignored once we got out of the house."