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 infancy, that he won’t walk, and that he shouldn’t get too excited, too hot or cold, or play too roughly. Although Doodle proves that some of the doctor’s restrictions were unreasonable or too strict, Brother ignores the doctor’s restrictions completely, causing Doodle’s death and demonstrating that many of the doctor’s concerns and prohibitions were, in fact, justified.
Doodle’s doctor Character Timeline in The Scarlet Ibis
The timeline below shows where the character Doodle’s doctor appears in The Scarlet Ibis. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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