If the internal conflict is Hazel and her self-worth, trying hard to prove herself, then what would be the external conflict of the story, "Raymond's Run"?

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In the story, Raymond's Run by Toni Cade Bambara, the external conflict would be the physical contest between Hazel and Gretchen.  Hazel has always been the champion runner, and the new girl is challenging her.  At first, Hazel sees her as the enemy as in the confrontation between Gretchen with Hazel's former friends and Hazel herself, even describing her smile as " really not a smile".   During the course of the race,however, she comes to recognize Gretchen as a worthy opponent and maybe even a friend who loves to do what she does--run.  The other conflict which is both internal and external is the friction with Raymond.  Hazel doesn't want to take care of her brother all the time as he interferes with her day which is really an external conflict as she tries to ignore him and still protect him.  Yet, when the race is being run, she recognizes Raymond's potential and in her mind, plans how to help him.  She finally can lay to rest the constant conflict she has with Raymond, and be the big sister who includes and encourages him.

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