I've always had a small problem with Brother using the word "lie" to describe Doodle's story. Yes, absolutely, Doodle is making up a fictional story about a boy named Peter and a beautiful peacock; however, I have a hard time calling it a lie. Doodle isn't telling the story to get out of trouble or gain something. It's pure fantasy. My own kids run around our backyard with towels tied around their necks pretending to be superheroes with special powers. We all know it's not the truth, which is what makes imaginary fantasy so fun. People like to project their desires and dreams into a fantasy because it can make us feel like something that we are not.
That's why I think that Doodle tells his story. Doodle knows that he is physically weak. Readers are also told in the beginning of the story that Doodle isn't proportionally correct looking, so I don't think he or anybody else would consider him beautiful.
He was born when I was six and was, from the outset, a disappointment. He seemed all head, with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man's.
Doodle's story is about a boy that wears a beautiful robe and has a beautiful pet peacock. The entire image of those two is supposed to be so beautiful that people turn away from looking at the sun to stare at the boy and the peacock. Even in sleep, the boy is covered in technicolor beauty. Doodle's "lie" allows him to imagine and experience what life would be like if he were somebody that people didn't look at with pity.
In my opinion, Doodle makes up this story because the boy (Peter) represents things that he (Doodle) wishes he were like. In the story, Peter is really beautiful to look at. He is so bright in his clothes that the sunflowers turn away from the sun and face him. When he sleeps, he is protected by the peacock's wings.
I think Doodle wishes he were like that. He wishes that he were not handicapped -- that people would think he looked great. I think he feels that he is not safe. He wishes that someone could wrap him up and protect him.
So the lie is a form of wish fulfillment, in my opinion.
Doodle dreamed about it because he felt like it.
Doodle lies because he wants people to believe what he says and he is talking about a peacock which is a bird which is also ironic because he is lying about a bird and a boy and then he sees a bird that is representing death and he doesn't know it and in the story he says that Peter is just meeting this bird and knows nothing about it and that's how it is about Doodle and the Ibis