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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 Run" by ***** Cade Bambara. In this story, ***** 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 h***** sister, a seemingly insignificant thing, ***** action changes ***** in a significant way. Seeing her brother run causes her to realize that everyone, no matter how different they are, h***** ***** to ********** the world.

The characters of Gretchen and Mary Louise are pivotal to Squeaky's development because of how ***** feelings change at the end ***** ***** s*****ry. When she encounters ***** on the street, we are told that Gretchen talks about Squeaky "like a dog" (***** 22), a completely disrespectful ***** to do. Likewise, Squeaky also exhibits disrespect for ***** and ***** Louise ***** telling us that Mary ***** is fat ***** from "Raggedy Town Baltimore" (23). These statements demonstrate how ***** is not quite self-confident or grown up enough to stop 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 *****n't 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 story, her attitude ***** him ********** almost completely. Early in the story, ***** read that Raymond "needs looking after" (21) and ***** "not quite right" (*****). Squeaky is aware that it is her responsibility to look after him and this is a responsibility ***** ***** does not t*****ke lightly. When ***** say bad things about him, they have to answer to Squeaky. ***** this is a noble attitude Squeaky has toward her brother, it does not include much, if any, respect ***** ***** as a person who is capable of ***** of *****thing on his own. Squeaky sees def*****ing Raymond as an act to prove herself ***** others.

The May Day race is also ***** ***** ***** is at th***** event when Squeaky starts growing up. While Squeaky is *****ning the *****, she catches a glimpse ***** 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 ***** on ***** very first run" (26). Her statement suggests ***** for the first time, she realizes that her brother is a hum*****n being that c*****sists ***** something much more than ***** someone that is ***** ***** right. She understands, perhaps ***** the ***** time, ***** ***** and her brother have ***** in common than she realized. For one thing, they both


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