In "Raymond's Run," what is an example of flashback?

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In the short story "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, Squeaky, the main character and narrator, references events that happen in the past. These moments in the text can be considered flashbacks. The first reference is to a girl in her grade named Cynthia Proctor who, according to Squeaky, claims that everything comes easily to her and she does not need to work hard or practice. Squeaky recounts a few instances where she saw Cynthia practicing piano even after Cynthia pretends that her skills are natural and not a result of practice: "Now some people like to act like things come easy to them, won't let on that they practice. Not me."

Another flashback or reference to the past happens when Squeaky remembers being in a Hansel and Gretel play. Squeaky remembers dressing up as a strawberry and pleasing her parents despite the fact that she is decidedly not an actress and is really born to run.

Both of these flashbacks help to develop Squeaky's character and give the reader insight into who she is.