Raymond's Run - Essay

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Raymond’s Run (handout edition) - Essay
Raymond’s Run is a short story written by Toni Bambara Cade in 1960. The story is about a girl named Hazel, and her brother Raymond who is “not quite right”. Hazel loves running and she is always first in competitions. She is always looking out for Raymond and takes him with her when she is practicing, and also to the May Day race where Raymond starts running in his own unique style which changes Hazel’s view on Raymond, herself and the people around her. In my essay I would like to analyze the main character, setting, language, theme and finally compare to other similar texts.
Raymond’s Run is told by a first-person narrator who also happens to be the story’s protagonist. The protagonist is
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2 ll. 43-45. The language in the story is a kind of “ghetto-english” and the narrator sometimes removes or change a letter from a word, often vowels, which gives the reader a feeling as if they were there, hearing them talking. Besides using a first-person narrator, the author uses a limited omniscient narrator as we only hear the story from one point of view, the author also applies a stream of consciousness by taking the reader into Hazel’s mind so that we get to see every opinion she has on her surroundings. Hazel has a strong identity in the story, she has much self-confidence and is not afraid of letting everyone know that she is the best, “Now some people like to act like things come easy to them, won’t let on that they practice. Not me. I’ll high-prance down 34th street like a rodeo pony to keep my knees strong even if it does get my mother uptight.” p. 1 ll. 29-31. Thus her strong and proud personality, she still loves and protects Raymond and is not afraid of showing this either. At the end of the story Hazel’s view on other people changes, when she sees Raymond running parallel with her at the May Day race in his own unique style. She realizes that everyone is not just who she sees them to be, that there are more to people than you can

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