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

Pay*****g 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 *****, the protagonist, Squeaky, *****s a v*****luable lesson about the worth of others by noticing something that her brother, Raymond, does. While Raymond is simply running to imitate his sister, a seemingly insignificant thing, this action changes Squeaky in a significant way. Seeing her brot***** run causes her to realize that everyone, no matter how different they are, h***** ***** to offer the world.

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

Raymond is ***** significant to Squeaky's development in that by the end of the st*****y, her attitude about him changes almost completely. Early ***** ***** story, ***** read that Raymond "needs looking after" (21) and is "***** quite right" (*****). Squeaky is aware that it is ***** responsibility to look after him and th***** is a ***** ***** she does not t*****ke lightly. When ***** say bad *****ings about him, 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 ***** as a person who is capable of ***** ***** anything on his own. Squeaky sees def*****ing Raym*****d ***** an act to prove herself ***** others.

The May Day race is also significant because ***** is at ***** event when Squeaky starts growing *****. While Squeaky ***** *****ning the race, she catches a glimpse of her brother who is ***** running along with his ***** 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 Raymond on ***** very first run" (26). Her statement suggests ***** ***** the first time, she *****s that her brother is a human being ***** c*****sists ***** something much more than being someone that is ***** ***** right. She understands, perhaps for the ***** time, ***** ***** and her brother have ***** in common than she realized. For one thing, they both


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