Analysis Of Raymond's Run By Toni Cade Bambara

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1. The Adult Child *******
In the short story, “Raymond’s Run,” by Toni Cade Bambara, Hazel embarks the reader on a journey through her point of view about the topics of social class, ethnicity, and gender roles. From visualizing her actions, there were two things that really spoke to me. Firstly, I can tell that Hazel is a young girl who seems to be in charge of her older, “mentally challenged” brother. It seems as though she has had to mature more quickly because of her brother’s situation, so she can protect him from any harm. This is exemplified in paragraph 2, as Hazel says, “Sometimes I slip and say my little brother Raymond.” It shows that it’s usually the older siblings who take care of the younger ones, but in this case, it’s the opposite.
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You should live the life you want to live because if you don’t, you won’t know what you’re doing and the chance to change will be missed. In the beginning of the story, we see that Traynor is simply following what his publicist says. This is shown in paragraph 34 when Gracie says, “On the TV he was inclined to dress like the deacon told him. But now he looked presentable.” He just wasn’t being himself. Next, his unhappiness is shown when Gracie is taken to his house and he says, “I see twenty folks a day I don’t even know, including my wife.” It is sad that this may be true for many stars. People seem to sincerely only care about fame and fortune. This notion is imminent as Traynor and Gracie go on the talk show and she performs on page 357. The crowd really doesn’t care about the performance because it is from her and not him, which really angers Traynor. He was very unhappy with this lifestyle because he had no real friends while Gracie’s mentality was very reasonable and real. She was practical in the way that she went on with her life, knowing how people in the world can be. She knows you can’t really trust anyone but yourself. After Trayner’s unfortunate death, I felt as though it was ironic that his fans were crying that he was gone, yet they didn’t even know what he really stood for. He didn’t even know what he stood for. (268

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