Raymond's Run By Toni Cade Bambara

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A story without conflict is like darkness without stars, where there is no shine or spark. Whether it is in the sky or in the story they both feel dull and boring when the sparkles are missing. Conflict is a struggle which leads to the climax and can take place among two characters, society or between themselves. In stories this elements leads to a spark and makes the story brighten. Although it seems that characterization is the most important element of a short story, in reality conflict is the most significant element because there is no plot without it and it portrays the traits of the character in the story. Conflict is the most essential element in a short story because it creates the plot. For instance, in the short story “Lamb to the…show more content…
For instance, in the novel “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara there are many characters whose attributes are seen. According to the novel it states “I much rather just knock you down and take my chances even if I am a little girl with skinny arms and a squeaky voice, which is how I got the name Squeaky.” This quote conveys how characterization is essential because it lets the reader create an image in their minds of how a character can be characterized. The description provided in the text proves how characterization is more important since they describe her as skinny but she does things the exact opposite. However, conflict is the most crucial element in a short story because it creates the plot of the story as it conveys the character traits of a character. For example, in “Lamb to the Slaughter” when Patrick Maloney is killed by getting hit in the back of the head by his own wife Mary Maloney when she swings the frozen leg of the lamb on his head.(Dahl, para.13) This quotes proves how conflict is more crucial because it creates the stories plot. As the conflict arises the stories plot is created because of the events that happened in which one of the events was conflict. When the conflict arises it also shows the characters feelings and emotions in which we can characterize the character but it also creates the climax. As you can see, many people may believe that characterization is most important even though conflict is truly more

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