How does the style of "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara express Squeaky's personality?  

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"Raymond's Run" is told in the first person in Squeaky's direct and honest voice. For example, she says about people taunting her brother, Raymond, "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." She is very willing to challenge people who demean her brother, and she refers to him as "not quite right." Her voice comes through loud and clear, as do her opinions that people who don't understand her brother are "fools."

The style of the writing is also staccato and rushed, resembling the way in which Squeaky might run a race. For example, she rushes right into telling the reader about her brother, and she doesn't hold anything back. She says that the idea that Gretchen can beat her in a race is "ridiculous." She holds nothing back, and she rushes to judgement about others. The style of her voice and the way she rushes right into telling everything to the reader resemble Squeaky's bold and confrontational nature. 

 

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The narrative style of "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara effectively expresses Squeaky's personality because it is written in Squeaky's voice. The story is told from her point of view, and in reading it, the reader begins to feel like he/she personally knows Squeaky. Readers find out right away what kind of person Squeaky is. She introduces herself in the beginning, saying that her only responsibility outside of school is to take care of her brother, Raymond. She then describes her brother and what is involved in taking care of him. The reader also finds out that Squeaky is proud of her ability to run and knows she is good at it. Furthermore, she quickly stands up to people who say mean things to her about Raymond as well as those who think they are better than she. Squeaky's personality comes through in "Raymond's Run" because the story is written through her eyes.

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