Who is Doodle?

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Doodle is one of the main characters in the “Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. His given name is William Armstrong and he is born on October 8, 1911 with a heart defect that affects his short life. Brother, who narrates the story, gives William the nickname Doodle. When William learns to crawl, he moves around backwards, which reminds Brother of a doodlebug. For the rest of Doodle’s short life he lives with the nickname. Brother is initially disappointed when Doodle is born, but becomes his caretaker, teacher, and cheerleader. Doodle is an avid talker who loves to investigate with Brother. Due to Brother’s persistence and ingenuity, Doodle accomplishes more than any of the adults thought he could. Unfortunately, Brother’s extreme efforts push Doodle’s health to its final limits.

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