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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 sidelines can often changes our lives as we learn in the short story "Raymond's *****" by ***** Cade Bambara. In this *****, ***** protagonist, Squeaky, learns a valuable lesson about the worth of o*****rs by noticing something that her brother, Raymond, does. While ***** is simply running to imitate h***** sister, a seemingly insignificant thing, this action changes ***** in a signific*****nt 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 ***** pivotal to Squeaky's development because of how ***** feelings change at the end ***** ***** story. When she encounters ***** on the street, we are told that Gretchen talks about Squeaky "like a dog" (Bambara 22), a completely disrespectful thing to do. Likewise, Squeaky also exhibits disrespect for ***** and ***** Louise by 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 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 because they ********** know ***** and don't want to know how" (*****). The scene with these girls illustrates how Squeaky is still quite immature when it comes ***** dealing ***** people.

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

The May Day race is also signific*****t ***** it is at ***** event when Squeaky starts growing *****. While Squeaky is ***** the race, she catches a glimpse ***** her brot***** who is also 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 Raym*****d on ***** very first run" (26). Her statement suggests ***** for the first *****, she *****s that her brother is a hum*****n being that c*****sists of ********** much more than being someone that is ***** ***** right. She understands, perhaps ***** the first time, that ***** and her brother ***** more in common than she realized. For one thing, they both

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