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Squeaky is described as “skinny” with a “squeaky voice.”
The narrator of this short story is a young girl whose real name is Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker. She describes herself as a “little girl with skinny arms and a squeaky voice.” Three adjectives in this sentence are little, skinny, and squeaky. An adjective is a word that describes a noun.
The use of adjectives to describe a character is called direct characterization, but characters can also be indirectly characterized. Consider how Squeaky describes herself as tough and no-nonsense.
And I don’t play the dozens or believe in standing around with somebody in my face doing a lot of talking. I much rather just knock you down and take my chances…
This indirect characterization may not give us direct adjectives to describe her, but it tells us that Squeaky likes to stand up for herself. We might consider her brave, bold, or clever, even though the author does not give us these adjectives outright. She takes her job protecting her handicapped brother very seriously. If anyone picks on him, she is ready to fight. She also takes pride in her ability to run very fast and win races against just about anyone.
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