The Lesson, by Toni Cade Bambara

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Creative writing is a form of art. However, the need for consistency in creative writing is critical for the success of the underlying story. In summary, I did not like the story. This story is quite inconsistent and thus unpalatable as a creative piece. The Lesson was successful to some level especially in enacting the concept of equality in resource distribution. The success of this concept is clarified by the pricy toys. The most astonishing toy was the “hand-crafted sailboat of fiberglass at one thousand one hundred ninety-five dollars” (Bambara 93). The author succeeds in accentuating the depth of resource inequality with the $ 35 clown that could somersault on a bar. The number of things that $ 35 could purchase in this part of the world was hilariously exhilarating including a new buck bed for junior, rent, piano bill, among others.

Another concept that is successfully brought out in this story is one of a rotten society. It is absurd that children would be using such gross vulgar language and description. The story reflects on the society and the code of conduct that society lives by. Throughout the story, there is a consistent use of vulgar language, which depicts a society that does not shy away from using vulgar language in front of their children.

The concept of gossip is successfully developed throughout the story. The introduction of the story is full of gossiping. The description that the author gives concerning Miss Moore is full of gossip. This concept is consistent throughout the story as description of individuals is given in painstaking detail.

Problems with the Story

This story has numerous problems. First, the story tends to emphasize more on use of vulgar language. Apparently, the lesson that the au...

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...te a connection between resource distribution and dwellings.

The author fails because the story emphasizes on petty issues. For instance, the author notes that Miss Moore was the only woman without a first name. However, the author does not clarify whether anyone in the block cared to ask her full names. A large portion of the story is dedicated to giving details about individuals and their characteristics rather than create a link between democracy and resource distribution. For instance, the author utilizes the first to pages of the story giving petty details about Miss Moore, Aunt Gretchen, and other characters like Junebug and Q.T. I would have expected that the author create a link between these individuals and the central lesson of the story.

Works Cited

Bambara, Toni Cade. The Lesson. 1972. 90-95.