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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 Run" by ***** Cade *****. In this *****, ***** protagonist, Squeaky, *****s a valuable lesson about the worth of others by noticing something that her brot*****, Raymond, does. While ***** 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 something to *****fer the world.

The characters of Gretchen and Mary Louise are pivotal to Squeaky's development because of how ***** feelings change at the end of the s*****ry. When she encounters Gretchen on the street, we are told that ***** talks about Squeaky "like a dog" (Bambara 22), a completely disrespectful thing to do. Likewise, Squeaky also exhibits disrespect for Gretchen and ***** 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 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 ********** know ***** and don't want to know how" (*****). The scene with these girls illustrates ***** Squeaky ***** still ***** immature when it comes ***** dealing ***** people.

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

The May Day race is also ***** ***** it is at ***** event ***** Squeaky starts growing *****. While Squeaky ***** ********** the *****, she catches a glimpse of 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 that and I almost stop to watch my br***** Raym*****d on his very first run" (26). Her statement suggests that for the first time, she *****s that her ********** is a hum*****n being that consists of ***** much more than being someone that is ***** ***** right. She understands, perhaps ***** the first time, that she and her brother have ***** in common than she realized. For one thing, they both


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