The Lesson, By Toni Cade Bambara Essay

1413 Words Mar 25th, 2016 6 Pages
In Toni Cade Bambara’s short story “The Lesson,” Miss Moore, an eccentric and odd woman that had “been to college” and found herself, “responsible for the young ones’ education” and takes them out (Bambara 330). One summer day, Miss Moore takes the local children out for some education; she takes Sylvia, Sugar, Flyboy, Junebug, Big Butt, Mercedes, and Rosie Giraffe out to the city. The story is narrated by Sylvia as they take a taxi to Fifth Avenue where there are many wealthy people. They go to F.A.O. Schwarz, an expensive toy store where they see a fiberglass sailboat. Sylvia is hesitant to enter, but when she does it angers her. After they return to where they live, Sylvia is still angry, and Miss Moore asks what they learned, but she doesn’t say anything, although she thinks to herself at the end of the story “Ain’t nobody gonna beat me at nuthin” (Bambara 336). In “The Lesson” there is a theme of injustice and how it affects each child differently. Miss more makes the children aware of a divide in the story; this can be seen through the use of conflict, imagery, and character transformation. “The Lesson” has a theme of inequality due to the economic divide in America. People don’t see inequality unless they experience the other side of wealth. The major conflict, poor minorities vs. wealth is inter woven throughout Bambara’s story. This is seen as injustice and how poor racial minorities are left frustrated with their position and the unfair divide. Injustice is seen…

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