What is the tone of "Raymond's Run"?
The tone of Toni Cade Bambara’s story “Raymond’s Run” goes through a metamorphosis as the feelings of the protagonist change from the beginning to the end. Throughout much of the story the tone is antagonistic as Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker, better known as Squeaky, defends both her brother Raymond and herself in their Harlem neighborhood. Squeaky defends the two of them physically and emotionally. Although Raymond is older than Squeaky, he is disabled, and as a result he is looked upon as her younger brother. The other children in the neighborhood are mean to Raymond, but Squeaky defends him. Squeaky’s antagonistic attitude spills over into her life both at school and in her friendships. She shows her distain for people, such as Cynthia Proctor, who she feels are fake and challenge her running ability.
During the resolution of the story, an introspective tone surfaces. When Squeaky wins the May Day race, she is more focused on seeing her brother in a different light. He was able to run stride for stride with her, so she sees him as a person who is able to accomplish things in spite of his disabilities. In addition, she faced a challenge from Gretchen P. Lewis in the race. Squeaky begins to think of others instead of focusing only on herself and her pursuits.