The author of The Scarlet Ibis, James Hurst, portrays pride as both a blessing as a curse by the characterization of the narrator. The narrator's shame in his disabled brother, Doodle, drives him to push his Doodle over the limit many times, thus wearing Doodle out beyond repair. After Doodle's birth, the narrator reflects on this occurrence in the quote "It was bad enough having an invalid brother...so I began to make plants to kill him (page 2)". This characterizes the narrator as selfish and homicidal, two pretty bad qualities. Had Doodle been in pain, his failed attempt could be justified; but the only one in pain was the narrator, in having a disabled brother.
Despite the fact that pride attempted to kill Doodle twice, the narrator’s drive