What is your reaction to the narrator's treatment of Doodle at the end of the story and what specific aspects of the story cause u to have it?What is your reaction to the narrator's treatment of...

What is your reaction to the narrator's treatment of Doodle at the end of the story and what specific aspects of the story cause u to have it?

What is your reaction to the narrator's treatment of Doodle at the end of the story and what specific aspects of the story cause u to have it?

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My reaction at the end of the story, is one of horror.  It was disturbing to read the part where Brother runs away from Doodle.  I don't think that Brother realized just how fragile his little brother was because he was so brave and tried to keep up with him.  

Even though Doodle was handicapped, he was so full of love for life.  Brother leaves Doodle behind, in an act of betrayal of trust.  Doodle really loves and admires his brother, his behavior is tragic,  because he does not realize the consequences.    

Towards the end of the story, the narrator, Brother grows frustrated with Doodle, tired of waiting for his slow handicapped brother to catch up with him.  He decides to keep running even though his brother is screaming, pleading for him to wait for him.  He feels the need to run away from his little, sickly brother, tired of being shadowed by him.

The narrator's lapse of judgement, leaving his handicapped, fragile brother behind in the rain, causes the young boy to die.  As a result of this, Brother realizes that he abused Doodle.  He cradles his body, shielding it from the rain, but it is too late for Doodle.   

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