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Mercurys Maturity A Response to Raymonds RunFormer Miami Dolphin Head Coach Don Shula once said If youre going to take gambles you must have one thing self-confidence Some people go through their whole lives skeptical of themselves Most people are afraid to take chances for this same reason Robert Olen Butlers character in Raymonds Run Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker is a remarkable character because she is mature at such a young age Hazel is a unique child because of her grown-up characteristics Self-confidence self-identity and a caring nature are some qualities that make Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker a phenomenal characterHazel is truly an unbelievable character because of her self-confidence A point could be made that Mercury is overconfident Hazel is not being arrogant rather she is comfortable with the truth I always win cause Im the best 9 Mercury could be considered disdainful is she hasnt proved that she is the best but she has validated that she is the top dog Another example of Hazels self-confidence is her training routine Ill high prance down 34th Street like a rodeo pony to keep my knees strong 5 A child wants to be accepted by hisher peers and the child does not want to look strange in front of them That may be the case with most children but not with Hazel Hazel does not care who sees her walking in this peculiar manor as long as she strengthens her legs Hazel believes she can be the best at everything and this confidence should not be mistaken or taken as arrogance Another unique trait Hazel has acquired is her self-identity Hazel is comfortable with who she is a poor black girl who really cant afford to buy shoes and a new dress you only wear once a lifetime cause it wont fit next year 14 Hazel knows her circumstances and is comfortable with them I am not a strawberry I do not dance on my toes
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