Squeaky prides herself on her performance on the track and her ability to care for her brother Raymond, who has a mental disability. A little girl with skinny arms and a high-pitched voice, Squeaky is a self-confident, cocky youngster who boasts that everyone knows she is the fastest thing on two feet. Squeaky takes her running seriously; she is not afraid to practice high stepping out on the street where anyone can see her.
Further Reading Toni Cade Bambara has long been admired for her short stories. A year later it appeared in her first collection of short stories, Gorilla, My Love.
Along with others in the collection Gorilla, My Love, it has been classed as among the first to place a young black female as a central character in the bildungsroman a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character tradition.
Her ability to capture, translate and play in and out of the voices and idioms of black communities has been widely admired. In she received her B. While enrolled as a graduate student of modern American fiction at the City College of New York, she worked in both civic and local neighborhood programs in education and drama and studied theater in Europe.
After receiving her Masters degree, Bambara taught at City College from to Bambara is known as a member of the Black Arts Movement of the s and s. During this period in American history, civil rightsBlack Power, anti-war and feminist movements were pressing issues, and Bambara joined in the political activism of the era.
Along with other members of the black intelligentsia, Bambara sought to challenge traditional representations of blacks, celebrate African American history, and explore black vernacular English. In Bambara writing as Toni Cade was one of the first to explore feminism and race with her anthology The Black Woman.
In her second anthology, Tales and Short Stories for Black FolkBambara collected stories by writers such as Langston Hughes and Alice Walker as well as stories written by herself and her students. Celebrated for its focus on the voice and experience of young black women and its compassionate view of African-American communities, this collection has remained her most widely read work.
InBambara published a novel, The Salt Eaters, which is set in Georgia and focuses on the mental and emotional crisis of a community organizer, Velma Jackson.
She collaborated on several television documentaries, such as the award-winning The Bombing of Osage Avenue Her death at the age of fifty-six is seen by some as a profound loss to American culture not only because of her groundbreaking artistic contributions, but also because of her wide-reaching efficacy as teacher, critic and activist.
A selection of her writings, Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions, was published posthumously in We meet Hazel walking down a street in Harlem with her older—but mentally younger— brother, Raymond.
While she guards her mentally challenged brother from dashing into the traffic or soaking himself in the gutters, Hazel resolutely keeps up breathing exercises to train herself as a runner. Unlike her schoolmate Cynthia, who pretends to be nonchalant about her abilities, Hazel works hard to be the best and does not care who knows it.
Suddenly Hazel and Raymond come face-to-face with Gretchen and her followers. She is a rival in other ways as well: Hazel and Gretchen size each other up, but decide against a confrontation. Her race is called, and at the starting line Hazel sees Gretchen ready to run and Raymond, on the other side of the fence, bent over in starting position.
Seeing Gretchen cooling down like a professional, she feels the beginnings of admiration for her. The loudspeaker crackles and the girls look at each other, wondering who will be announced the winner. Then I hear Raymond yanking at the fence to call me and I wave to shush him, but he keeps rattling the fence like a gorilla in a cage like in them gorilla movies, but then like a dancer or something he starts climbing up nice and easy but very fast.
And it occurs to me, watching how smoothly he climbs hand over hand and remembering how he looked running with his arms down to his side and with the wind pulling his mouth back and his teeth showing and all, it occurred to me that Raymond would make a very fine runner.
After all, with a little more study I can beat Cynthia and her phony self at the spelling bee. And if I bugged my mother, I could get piano lessons and become a star.
And I have a big rep as the baddest thing around. But what has Raymond got to call his own? The two girls smile at each other, but not as they had the day before.
She has attracted Mary Louise and Rosie, once friends of Hazel, to be her friends instead.
Gretchen and Hazel meet and size each other up, but do not come to open conflict, although Mary Louise tries to make fun of Raymond and is put down by Hazel instead. Contrasting her appearance, however, is the strength of her character. She takes care of her mentally challenged brother, Raymond, with both pride and compassion.
By the end of the story, Hazel is able to recognize that same potential in her brother as well as in her rival, Gretchen. He is vulnerable to teasing by others, but he can depend on Hazel to defend him, even with her fists if necessary.
By the end of the story, Raymond is no longer a burden to Hazel and has become a catalyst. To become a good runner, she has had to persevere with her practicing, sometimes carving time for herself out of the hours she spends looking after her mentally challenged brother, Raymond.
Caring for her brother is no easy task either, and in some ways sets her apart from others.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.
hazel loves his brothers but she also is a little mad that it takes time of her running external conflict those who wouldn't run with raymond and their unkind remarks. The point of view is the narrator's position in relation to the story being told or the position from which something or someone is observed.
This is very important in most stories because it is good for the reader to know what point of view of the story when reading. Raymond's Run. by Toni Cade Bambara. Sometimes I slip and say my little brother Raymond. But as any fool can see he’s much bigger and he’s older too.
But a lot of people call him my little brother take part and act like a girl for a change. You’d think my mother’d be grateful not.
3. Based on the events in this story, have students justify why the story is titled “Raymond’s Run” and use specific details from the text to support their response.
Possible answer: This story is more about Raymond’s first run because it is the first time Squeaky notices Raymond’s ability. Through these techniques, the narration of “Raymond’s Run” engages the reader and reflects the exuberant vitality of a young girl and her particular community. Point of View.
Like the language, the point of view of “Raymond’s Run” is that of Hazel Parker.