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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 Bambara. In this *****, ***** protagonist, Squeaky, learns a valuable lesson about the worth of o*****rs by noticing something that her brot*****, Raymond, does. While Raymond is simply running to imitate h***** sister, a seemingly insignificant thing, ***** action changes Squeaky in a significant way. Seeing her brot***** run causes her to realize that everyone, no matter how different they are, has some***** to *****fer the world.

The characters of Gretchen and Mary Louise are pivotal to *****'s development because of how ***** feelings change at the end of ***** s*****ry. When she encounters ***** on the street, we ***** told that Gretchen talks about Squeaky "like a dog" (Bambara 22), a completely disrespectful thing to do. Likewise, Squeaky also exhibits disrespect for ***** and Mary Louise ***** telling us that Mary ***** is fat and 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 her "but it's not a smile, and I'm thinking th***** girls never really ***** at each o*****r beca*****e *****ey ********** know ***** and don't want to know how" (23). The scene with these girls illustrates ***** Squeaky ***** still quite immature when it comes ***** dealing ***** people.

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

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


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