Raymond's Run Short Story Theme

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In the story Raymond's Run by Toni Cade Bambara’s. I particularly liked the theme in the story as it stood out do me more than anything else. In Raymond's Run, the theme of the story is the significance of familial relationship in life. The theme reflects the selfless and antimate bonding between a brother and an sister. In the story, while Squeaky is perfectly fine, Raymond is mildly abnormal and not “quite right” which is why he can be regarded as mentally retarded. Because of this reason, Squeaky never leaves her older brother alone so that he does not get in trouble or get lost and nobody may cause him any sort of trouble. She plays the role of Raymond's, friend, sister and bodyguard. This relationship between Raymond and Squeaky clearly expresses the significance of a familial relationship in their lives.
I also like how Squeaky understands her brothers problems and stands out for him in the story because she states “And I’ve got an roomful of ribbons and medals and awards. But what has Raymond got to call his own?”. In these lines of the story, we can clearly
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The reason for this is because at the end of the race, when she is jumping up and down in happiness, everyone thinks she is during that because she won the race. But, she was not even thinking about the race that time. The real reason that she was jumping up and down in joy way because she had discovered in Raymond the potential to be “a great runner in the family tradition”. Furthermore, even though Raymond is not able to articulate his feelings for her sister, we know he loves her very much as he climbs up the fence easily and jumps off and comes running to congratulate her sister for her victory. What we witness here is the indescribable bond between 2 siblings that only finds joy in the happiness of one another which is why this is the most important and predominant theme in the story and why it stood out do
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