William Armstrong, also known as Doodle, was a character in "The Scarlet Ibis". He was born with an illness that made him different from the rest of his family. Despite the illness, and with the help of his brother, Doodle, which was named after a doodle bug by his brother, overcame a lot of obstacles. If it wasn't for the over bearing ness, and his arterial motives, Doodle might not have progressed as far as he did. This was due to the fact that the doctor, his mother and father did not have faith that Doodle will ever be able to accomplish anything because of his illness. The only person that had any faith in his ablities was his Aunt Nicey. Even though he had an illness that made him different Doodle was just like any other boy his age. He had the strength and determination to overcome , and do what he was told he could not do. He had a love and appreciation for things most take for grated. He also wanted to be accepted as a part of the family, from acceptance bore the courage to become a normal little boy.
To start with, Doodle was a strong determined little boy. He began his life with a fight to stay alive. There was not much hope for poor little Doodle at the beginning. His father even ordered a casket built for him because they did not expect him to live. With his unblaten determination, he won his first battle to live. Not long after that, he began to fight many more battles. He started showing signs of mental competence when he smiled at his older brother. Afterwards, he began to try to move around and eventually began to crawl even though "the doctor said that with his weak heart this strain would probably kill him, but it didn't." Doodle did not stop there. With his persitance and determination he eventually learned how to walk, run, swim, climb, and row a boat. All of this was accomplished by a little boy that everyone thought would not live past infancy.