In "The Scarlet Ibis", why did Doodle die even though he lived past his challenges in life?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Doodle struggle to overcome his challenges had been difficult on his heart. He was not even supposed to live but he learned to walk and to talk thanks to the constant pushing of Brother. Unfortunately, Brother is not satisfied with all the challenges he helped Doodle overcome. His motivation for helping Doodle was to have a "normal" brother. He was never able to accept Doodle for himself and his limitations. So, in spite of all Doodle's progress, Brother kept pushing. Doodle tried valiantly to keep up but his heart was not strong enough. When Brother pushed him one last time, Doodle's heart gave up. It was only then that Brother realized how remarkable Doodle really was.

engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Doodle died as the narrator and he are running through the rain. Doodle had already been forced to row their boat against the tide, and as the story says, Doodle is an invalid with a weak heart. Rowing and running are both acts which Doodle previously was unable to accomplish. He had overcome his inability to walk, and his small go-cart was put away, but in the victory that he won, Doodle went too far too fast; he overachieved. The act of running exacerbates his seemingly dormant medical condition, and he ends up bleeding internally.