When it becomes clear that Doodle is able to crawl and wants to experience the world, Doodle’s father builds him a go-cart so that Brother can pull him around. It signifies the ways in which Doodle works with his limitations, but it also highlights Brother’s frustration with Doodle’s limitations, as he is made to lug Doodle around wherever he goes. When Doodle learns to walk, he no longer needs the go-cart, and it is placed in the barn loft next to his small coffin, foreshadowing that his “development program” will ultimately be the cause of his death.
Go-cart Quotes in The Scarlet Ibis
Finally, I could see I was licked. Doodle was my brother and he was going to cling to me forever, no matter what I did, so I dragged him across the burning cotton field to share with him the only beauty I knew, Old Woman Swamp.