Ortiz 3 caring. As stated in Remy’s critical essay “Brother’s cruelty toward Doodle, however, is not impulsive, erupting in brief flashes of anger that dissipate quickly and are soon forgotten.” The narrator shows many types of anger towards Doodle and yet he tries his best to take care of him. Unlike in ‘Shooting an Elephant’, the narrator tends to be calm and very aware of his surroundings. He feels sorry for the people that live there and tries his best to get through it. As said in an essay that explains ‘Shooting an Elephant”, “Expressing his sympathy for the Burmese people as a whole versus the resentment he held for the individuals who openly displayed their hostility toward him.”. The narrator’s also fear judgement in two different ways. The narrator in ‘the Scarlet Ibis’, taught his younger brother to walk in order to not get judged by other people. As said in the story: “ Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (Hurst 5), shows that he wanted his brother to walk just so he wouldn’t have to hear everyone’s comments. On the other hand, the narrator in ‘Shooting an Elephant’ felt the crowd eyes staring at him which pressured him into shooting the elephant. So the narrator in ‘The Scarlet Ibis’ didn’t want people to judge him for having a crippled brother and the narrator in ‘Shooting an Elephant’ didn’t want the Burmese people to judge him for not shooting the elephant. The Scarlet Ibis’ has a weird way of explaining the story, since we only know the narrator’s point of view instead of the younger brother’s. We don’t know for sure how everything happened. The way Doodle, the younger brother, was described when he was dead did not sound like any accident. A good point in Remy’s critical essay was that the narrator could be a good liar. In the story Doodle and the narrator would make up stories and lie to their parents. Which seems like the narrator could be lying about how everything went down.
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