What are the differences and similarities between "The Lesson" and "Raymond's Run"? How are the main character different/similar?

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There are several important similarities between the protagonists of the two stories by Toni Cade Bambara. Sylvia in “The Lesson” and Hazel or Squeaky in “Raymond’s Run” are both African American girls. Through the course of the stories, both girls have experiences that include anti-social behaviors they later re-evaluate. Sylvia disobeys Miss Moore’s instructions while taking the taxi and takes money that was intended for the driver. Squeaky’s obsession with her own winning makes her an unsportsmanlike competitor.

One main difference between the two stories is that the author leaves Sylvia at a point of contemplating future choices without yet making any decisions, while Bambara shows Squeaky as having decided to do specific things with and for her brother. A related distinction...

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