Pride is many things, but is it good or bad, pride can bring life, but could it also cause death? Often times in life pride can help better ourselves, and the people around us. However, with selfish motives, too much pride can be harmful to ourselves and to others. In the short stories of “The Scarlet Ibis” and “The Most Dangerous Game” pride is a major factor, and if the character’s amount of pride changes it could alter the stories almost entirely.
“The Scarlet Ibis” is a great way to express pride, and the narrator, who was not named, had a lot of it. This story was based in 1918, so the way they feel about the narrator’s crippled brother, Doodle is different then what it would be now. The narrator was embarrassed about having Doodle as a brother who could not even walk, so he decided to teach Doodle how to. Doodle was six when he finally learned how to walk, and on his 6th birthday, they decided to show everybody. “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (Hurst 133). That was the narrator thinking to himself that pride was the reason he taught his brother how to walk. After that the narrator was determined to teach Doodle how to run, swim, row a boat, and much more. The day Doodle died was a rainy day, and the narrator and Doodle were in the middle of it. The narrator ran away from Doodle to get out of the rain, and Doodle’s heart could not keep up. Some people said it was just unlucky, others would say it’s karma for the narrator’s pride taking over his actions. Pride can be shown in many ways, and as it is shown in “The Scarlet Ibis” it is shown differently in “The Most Dangerous Game”.
Pride can be an extremely harmful thing, and in this short story it very much is. In “The Most Dangerous Game”, the amount of pride a character had, could have changed his life forever. “ ‘Hunting? General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder’ ”(Connell 35). General Zaroff is a man who believes he is above all other human beings. That is why he thinks it is alright to hunt humans. Ransford, the man who is getting hunted, thinks otherwise. Zaroff got tired of hunting animals because they didn’t know how to reason. If Zaroff finds the human before the third day the human will lose and die, but if he or she isn’t found by the third day Zaroff will lose and die. With that said, Zaroff obviously has not lost before. When Ransford is is found in the tree, Zaroff’s pride gets to his head, and he decides not to kill Ransford then. That later leads on to Ransford winning “the big game”, and Zaroff gets killed.
Pride as shown in these two stories can easily cause death to someone and it could also make it seem like somebody’s life just began because of somebody else’s pride. In “The Scarlet Ibis” the narrator uses his pride to teach his brother how to walk, and it could be interpreted as giving Doodle a more normal life, even though it was wrong reasoning. In contrast to that, “The Most Dangerous Game” is a story where Zaroff’s pride get to his head and it causes his life to end. Pride is a very complicated thing, and it is something that cannot be labeled as good or bad, positive or negative, pride is just something that cannot be explained.