Reread only the first sentence of "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara and give at least two details about the protagonist from that sentence.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Th opening lines of Toni Cade Bambara's story "Raymond's Run" are as follows:

I don’t have much work to do around the house like some girls. My mother does that.

Though the lines are short and do not contain many details, there are still some significant things readers learn about the protagonist just from reading them.

  • We know that the protagonist is telling the story from her point of view.
  • We know the protagonist is a girl, because she does not have to do what some of the other girls have to do.
  • We know that she has some work to do around the house but is certainly not overworked, like other girls she knows.
  • We know she has a mother.
  • We know her mother does more of the work at home than some other mothers do (because their daughters do more of it).

We cannot really tell what the narrator's attitude is about not having to do the same amount of chores as other girls her age, whether she is being bragging and arrogant, matter-of-fact, or apologetic. Nevertheless, we do know quite a lot about the protagonist from these two short sentences.  

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