The Lesson By Toni Cade Bambara Essay

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Everyone Can Learn Children learn in all different ways: some by visuals, some by auto, and some by hands on interaction. Often time babies begin to walk by eighteen months, but sometimes they begin at nine months. The short story, “The Lesson”, by Toni Cade Bambara is filled with all types of metaphors that lead to one thing, the theme. Every child is teachable, but each child learns in their own way and at their own pace. The author expresses this in three ways: the lessons that Miss Moore teaches, the way she teaches, and how the children react to the lessons. The author expresses quite a few lessons to support her theme and she uses the character Miss Moore to bring out her point. Miss Moore teaches three lessons that stand out throughout the short story. The first lesson is enjoying what one has worked for. “So then she ask how long’d it take Bigg Butt and Junebug to save up their allowance” (Bambara 171). She is trying to show them that if they work hard to obtain or achieve something then they will cherish it forever. Opportunity, is the next big lesson the author presents to readers. “’ Let’s go in,’ she say like she got something up her sleeve.”(Bambara 173). The author is setting the stage for the opportunity lesson. She is trying to show readers through Miss Moore that when an opportunity is presented one must take it, otherwise someone else will take it from them. The author uses Miss Moore and Sylvia, another character…

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