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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story, "Raymond's Run", the setting impacts the story a great deal. Because Squeaky, Raymond's sister, is a fast runner, and wins the races in the neighborhood and the school, she is proud of herself, determined to be a winner, and competes with the kids in the neighborhood. In a rather poor neighborhood like hers and Raymond's, athletics is one way to escape poverty. Being a winner at school also influences the story because competition is a part of the neighborhood. Between Squeaky and Gretchen who also runs fast, being first is important because the winner gets bragging rights. Being at home as the babysitter of her brother impacts Squeaky also as her mother cannot afford an adult sitter. The other students in the neighborhood also impact the story as Squeaky wants to show them that she is the best, resulting in her practicing. Setting plays a role in the entire story.
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