The Scarlet Ibis

How do you feel about the narrator's behavior at the end of the story? Is he responsible for Doodle's death? Could he be partially responsible? Is his emotion at the very end sorrow, guilt, or something else?

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Throughout this story, the narrator allows his pride to cloud his compassion and blind him to Doodle's limitations. He is too proud to accept having a disabled brother, and this is why he takes every measure he can to teach Doodle to do able-bodied things. Because of his pride, he does these things more with his own benefit in mind than his brother's. This story is a clear condemnation of blinding and debilitating pride, since the narrator's pride brings about the eventual death of Doodle.