What is the plot for "The Scarlet Ibis"?


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���The Scarlet Ibis��� is about a boy and his younger invalid brother. The narrator resents his younger brother, nicknamed Doodle, for his physical restrictions and then decides to try to ���fix��� him. The plan fails, and the narrator abandons Doodle in the end of the story during a storm. The narrator suddenly has a change of heart caused by sense of guilt and love only to find his brother dead.

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���The Scarlet Ibis��� is placed in the tragic short story category due to its heart-rending ending. The unnamed narrator would take his invalid brother once thought to die soon to the Old Woman Swamp in attempts to train him to become ���a normal boy.��� The invalid brother, Doodle, would try to keep up with his brother���s exhausting regimen out of a duty to please his older brother. During one of the training sessions, the brothers happen upon a dead Scarlet Ibis killed in an earlier tropic rainstorm. The Scarlet Ibis sets the analogy as Doodle lies dead after being abandoned by his brother in a storm after a failed attempt to pass his brother's final test. The narrator compares his dead brother to the Scarlet Ibis; both the bird and his brother were beautiful creatures helpless to the harsh elements of nature.

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