Character Analysis Of Squeaky In Raymond's Run

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This is it.
It ends now.
I’m shattering shackles,
Taking back my power.
Getting suited up for a personal revolution;
John Mark Green (
Emotions. Emotion is just one simple word that has a huge impact on our day to day lives. Without it, life would be dull. There are many sayings about people and emotions which compares them to things in our lives, such as onions-- “People are like onions, they have many layers…” The poem stated above, Personal Revolution, could describe the main character in Toni Cade Bambara’s story, “Raymond’s Run”. Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker commonly known as Squeaky because of her voice, is the sister of Raymond, who has something “not quite right” about him and has a “big head”. “Raymond’s
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This is the side that is usually shown when she takes care of Raymond. This side of her is not shown often, but is shown when Squeaky finds a newfound appreciation for a person. At the end of the story, Squeaky has won the May Day races and beat Gretchen, who came in second. She turns and looks at Raymond, who is there at the park with her, and realizes that all along, Raymond was a great runner. And Squeaky thinks about coaching him. She thinks about asking Gretchen to help coach him. Squeaky shows respect for someone she has disliked for a most of the story in this quote,“We stand there with this big smile of respect between us. It’s about as real a smile as girls can do for each other, considering we don’t practice real smiling every day, you know, cause maybe we too busy being flowers or fairies or strawberries instead of something honest and worthy of being people.”(page 39, lines 389- 396) This quote relates to respect because it shows when someone does something that Squeaky really likes, she will show respect for them. In the story, even though Gretchen got second place, she still congratulates Squeaky on winning. Squeaky also realizes that Gretchen is really serious about her running. Squeaky and Gretchen have a major connection that really brings them together. Also, Squeaky is considering teaming up with Gretchen to help coach Raymond. Seeing that Squeaky hated Gretchen most of the story, Squeaky has come a long way during a short period of time, really changing her personality about Gretchen. Squeaky’s last personality, as mentioned above, is a rare thing, as it is something she doesn’t like to show often. However, in the rare moments she shows this side of her, she makes sure to leave an impression on the other person. When she won the race, and Gretchen congratulated her, she left an impression on Gretchen, making it seem as if she had no more hard feelings for

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