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"Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara

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Maria DiMartinis

on 23 January 2013

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Transcript of "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara

By: Toni Cade Bambara "Raymond's Run" Exposition The End Squeaky is a third grade girl who lives in Harlem, New York City. She has to take care of her brother, Raymond, who has down syndrome. Squeaky is a very fast runner, and she knows it. Gretchen, Squeaky's enemy, and her entourage insult Squeaky and Raymond when they cross paths walking down the street. Gretchen says that she is going to beat Squeaky in the May Day races. Later, the girls run in the race against each other, and Raymond cheers for Squeaky from the side. Rising Action Squeaky realizes Raymond would be a good runner and decides she will coach him. Climax Falling Action Plot Squeaky wants to help Raymond succeed at something because she has enough accomplishments already. The race ends and Squeaky won with Gretchen coming in a close second. Resolution/Conclusion Point Of View/Theme - the POV in "Raymond's Run" is first person.
- "And if things get too rough, I run." (page 29)
- the theme is everyone has a special talent that should be valued and respected Antagonist: Gretchen - races against Squeaky in the May Day fifty-yard dash
- "I see Gretchen standing at the starting line, kicking her legs out like a pro" (page 35)
- trash talks Squeaky before the race with her posse, Mary Louise and Rosie
- Gretchen is a very fast runner as well, although she is not able to beat Squeaky The two competitive girls smile at each other respectfully and Squeaky considers asking Gretchen to help coach Raymond with her. Protagonist: Squeaky - her real name is Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker
- people call her Squeaky because she is "a little girl with skinny arms and a squeaky voice." (page 29)
- her main task is to watch her older brother, Raymond, who has down syndrome
- she loves running and is very confident that she is "the swiftest thing in the neighborhood" (page 29) Harlem, NYC Supporting Character: Raymond - Raymond is Squeaky's older brother who has down syndrome
- he is Squeaky's responsibility to take care of
- "He's subject to fits of fantasy and starts thinking he's a circus performer and that the curb is a tightrope strung high in the air" (page 30)
- other people are prejudice against him because of his special needs Setting - Harlem, New York City, USA
- around the 1960's
- people are prejudice against people with disabilities
- "When she first moved to Harlem" (page 31)
- "Like it's my fault all of New York didn't turn out in sneakers" (page 31) "And on the other side of the fence is Raymond with his arms down to his side and the palms tucked up behind him" (page 36) "And I've got a roomful of ribbons and medals and awards. But what has Raymond got to call his own?" (page 37) By: Maria DiMartinis
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