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In the short story "Raymond's Run," Toni Cade Bambara creates a memorable character in Hazel, who is the fastest runner in her age group. She helps take care of her brother Raymond who needs help and supervision. Hazel is getting ready for the race at school knowing that the new girl Gretchen is also a fast runner. Hazel sees the competition and wants to win. When the race begins, Hazel sees her brother Raymond also running with her same determination. Hazel wins the race again, and when taunting starts, we see how she doesn't change her challenging ways with the other girls, but she does learn to respect the ability of Gretchen and her brother. She keeps her determination to do well and make something of herself through her running, but also sees that Gretchen can be a running partner and that her brother has her same determination. She resolves that she will help her brother develop his running skills while also keeping her focus on her own skills. So, while she adds others to her equation for success, Hazel still keeps her own focus on running forward to her future success.
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