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The Scarlet Ibis
by James Hurst
Brother Timeline and Summary
When Doodle is born, when Brother is six, he isn't what Brother expects or desires. He wants a brother who'll be able to join him in rigorous, athletic play. When Brother learns that Doodle might not have limited brain function, on top of having physical disabilities, he decides to kill him. Luckily, Doodle smiles at him and Brother realizes that Doodle is an intelligent baby. When Doodle learns to crawl Brother changes his name from William Armstrong to Doodle. From the time Doodle is two Brother takes him everywhere. When Doodle turns five, Brother decides to teach Doodle to walk. Brother succeeds but feels ashamed because his reasons for teaching Doodle are selfish. After that Doodle's parents decide he's ready to go to school. Brother decides that Doodle needs to swim, run, row a boat, and other enormous physical feats. Brother notices the physical strain Doodle is experiencing, but keeps on pushing. After watching Doodle bury the scarlet ibis, Brother takes him to Horsehead Landing and forces him to overexert himself. He's angry because he thinks he failed to adequately prepare Doodle for school. Doodle becomes the focus of this anger, and Brother leaves him alone in the rain. When his anger cools, and he turns back, he finds Doodle dead.