Friendship in “Raymond’s Run” by Bambara and “Spending the Night…” by Shepard

Compare the short stories “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara and “Spending the Night with the Poor” by Jim Shepard.

Your answer will focus on how competition in friendship appears in each essay. Remember, a thesis statement is not factual, and it is something that you uncover in the story, something that isn’t explicitly said to you. Write a thesis statement stating why you believe each main character has problems with friendships.