The Scarlet Ibis


James Hurst

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The Scarlet Ibis Characters


The narrator of “The Scarlet Ibis,” Brother remains nameless throughout the story and is only referred to as “Brother” by his younger brother Doodle. He narrates the story years after the events he describes… read analysis of Brother


The younger brother of the narrator, whom Doodle simply calls Brother. Doodle’s real name is William Armstrong, and he is born with a physical disability, having a very large head and a tiny, “shriveled”… read analysis of Doodle

Doodle’s parents

Also referred to as Mama and Daddy, Doodle and Brother’s parents care for their sons and work to make Doodle feel loved, but they also seem disappointed that Doodle will not be able to have… read analysis of Doodle’s parents

Doodle’s doctor

A person who also remains nameless, the doctor serves as a representation of the expectations and limitations that society places on people with disabilities. For instance, the doctor insists that Doodle will not live beyond… read analysis of Doodle’s doctor
Minor Characters
Aunt Nicey
Doodle’s and Brother’s Aunt. She keeps with the pattern that Hurst has set out with the symbolic and representational names he gives his characters. She is religious, and more hopeful that Doodle will live than his doctor is. She shares in the parents’ excitement when Doodle begins to walk.