The Lesson By Toni Cade Bambara Essay examples

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In the short story of “The Lesson” (1972) written by, Toni Cade Bambara a writer, teacher, editor, social activist, community organizer, and "product of the nineteen-sixties spirit" was born in 1939 and died of colon cancer in 1995” (Casmier). Bambara herself would have learned growing up during the 1940s and 1950s in New York City 's Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant communities. (Heller)Sylvia gives a sassy narration from a twelve year old on a learning experience that Miss Moore took a few kids from the Harlem ghetto neighborhood on a trip to FAO Swartz in downtown Manhattan. To show them there is more outside the ghetto and wealth wasn’t distributed out evenly. It was a hot summer day in Harlem when Miss Moore a fancy well educated teacher who wants the children to better themselves, but Sylvia doesn’t see it at first. Unlike her friend Sugar who picks up on the lesson that Miss Moore is trying to teach them. Sylvia thinks that summer is made up of having funny and, rather be swimming at the pool.
Miss Moore is a well-educated college women. She like to give back to her community by doing different things with the children in the neighborhood. She is stopping the children from having good time with the teaching them with real life situations. Like when she had them use their math skills. “Then she hustle half the crew in with her and hands me a five-dollar bill and tells me to calculate 10 percent tip for the driver”( Bambara, 340). They begin to have fun as they riding…

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