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The Character Development of Squeaky in "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara

Paying attention to what happens in the sidel*****es can often changes our lives as we learn in the short story "Raymond's *****" by Toni Cade *****. In this story, ***** protagonist, Squeaky, *****s a valuable lesson about the worth of o*****rs by noticing something that her brother, Raymond, does. While Raymond is simply running to imitate h***** sister, a seemingly insignificant thing, ***** action changes ***** in a signific*****nt way. Seeing her brot***** run causes her to realize that everyone, no matter how different they are, has ***** to offer the world.

The characters of Gretchen and Mary Louise ***** pivotal to Squeaky's development because of how her feelings change at the end of ***** story. When she encounters Gretchen on the street, we are told that Gretchen talks about Squeaky "like a dog" (Bambara 22), a completely disrespectful ***** to do. Likewise, Squeaky also exhibits disrespect for Gretchen and Mary Louise ***** telling us that Mary Louise is fat ***** from "Raggedy Town Baltimore" (23). These statements demonstrate how Squeaky is not quite self-confident or grown up enough to s*****p calling people names. She also tells us ***** Gretchen smiles at ***** "but it's not a smile, and I'm thinking th***** girls never really smile at each o*****r beca*****e they don't know ***** and don't want to know how" (23). The scene with these girls illustrates how Squeaky ***** still ***** immature when it comes ***** dealing ***** people.

Raymond is also significant to Squeaky's development in that by the end ***** the *****, her attitude about him changes almost *****. Early ***** the story, we read that Raymond "needs looking after" (21) and is "***** quite right" (*****). Squeaky is aware that it ***** ***** responsibility to look after him and this is a ***** that she does not take lightly. When people say bad things ***** *****, they have to answer to Squeaky. While this is a noble attitude ***** has toward her brother, it does not include much, if any, respect for Raymond as a person who is capable of ***** of anything on h***** own. Squeaky sees defending Raymond ***** an act to prove herself ***** others.

***** May Day race is also signific*****t because it is at ***** event when Squeaky starts growing up. While Squeaky is ***** the race, she catches a glimpse ***** her brot***** who is also running along with his sister on the other side of the fence. She states, "it's the first time I ever saw ***** and I almost stop to watch my br***** ***** ***** his very first run" (26). Her statement suggests that for the first *****, she realizes that her ********** is a hum*****n being ***** consists ***** something much more than ***** someone that is not ***** right. She understands, perhaps for the ***** time, that ***** and her brother ***** more in common than she realized. For one thing, they both


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