Squeaky In Raymond's Run

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People are changing throughout their life because they gain new experiences that make, the way they see things differently. Hazel Elizabeth Deborah is also known as Squeaky is the main character in Toni Cade Bambara’s story “Raymond’s Run” had a unique experience with his brother that changed her view on him. Squeaky is the tough girl who has two important tasks in her agenda; to be the fastest runner in the neighborhood and to take care of her sick brother and even later coaching him into a champion. Squeaky has traits of a woman with the appearance of a fast teenage runner. She has many positive features, She is a tough girl “I much rather just knock you down and take my chances even if I am a little girl with skinny arms and a squeaky voice” (59) that also accepts responsibility of her brother, Raymond “All I have to do in life is mind my brother Raymond, which is enough” (59). Another…show more content…
While running she notices his brother running, she saw him with his arms down to his side and the palms tucked up behind him, running in his very own style, and it’s the first time she ever saw that and she almost stop to watch her brother Raymond on his first run (66). After winning the race, she realizes that Raymond too can be a great runner “It occurred to me that Raymond would make a very fine runner” (67). That’s when Hazel decides to retire as a runner and set herself a new identity; a coach “I can always retire as a runner and begin a whole new career as a coach with Raymond as my champion” (67). Being excited to coach his beloved brother and knowing that winning isn’t really all that matters, she finds her greatest opponent Gretchen as a possible friend that can help her coach Raymond “Maybe she’d like to help me coach Raymond; she obviously is serious about running, as any fool can see” (67), this shows how a path of courage is opened to

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