Doodle's personality emerges through the strength of his determination to live against all odds. Although Doodle can only crawl backwards, which is how he gets the name Doodle, which is given to him by Brother. He acquires the ability to walk to please Brother. His real distinction, his gentle spirit is expressed, especially through his attention to the Scarlet Ibis.
"He is the first to notice the visiting ibis and honors the bird by giving it a careful burial while finding a way of respecting his mother's orders not to touch it. The fact that Doodle is the only member of the family to care for the scarlet ibis enough to bury it shows his compassionate heart and emphasizes a symbolic link between boy and bird."