Raymond's Run Rising Action

Please show how the events of "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara fit into the five parts of a plot curve: 1. exposition 2. rising action 3. climax 4. falling action 5. denouement.

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The exposition takes place at the beginning of the story and provides the audience with important background information regarding relevant events, settings, and characters. In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Raymond's Run," the exposition includes Squeaky's description of herself and her mentally disabled older brother, Raymond. The audience learns that Squeaky is a fast runner and esteemed sprinter, who lives in Harlem, New York. Squeaky enjoys practicing running. She is in charge of watching Raymond, who follows her everywhere and who is rather difficult to look after.

The rising action includes Squeaky's tense interaction with Mary Louise, Rosie, and Gretchen, which takes place while Squeaky is strolling down Broadway with Raymond. Squeaky sticks up for Raymond when the girls make snide remarks. She is determined to beat her new rival Gretchen at the May Day races. The rising action also includes Squeaky arriving at the local May Day celebration to participate in the fifty-yard dash....

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on March 12, 2020