The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara

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Toni Cade Bambara addresses how knowledge is the means by which one can escape out of poverty in her story The Lesson. In her story she identifies with race, economic inequality, and literary epiphany during the early 1970’s. In this story children of African American progeny come face to face with their own poverty and reality. This realism of society’s social standard was made known to them on a sunny afternoon field trip to a toy store on Fifth Avenue. Through the use of an African American protagonist Miss Moore and antagonist Sylvia who later becomes the sub protagonist and White society the antagonist “the lesson” was ironically taught. Sylvia belong to a lower economic class, which affects her views of herself within highlights the economic difference created by classism.

Life lesson were often tough by older, wiser or formally educated people within the community. This idea still holds true today, especially in low-income communities as illustrate in the short story “The Lesson”. I am led to believe that story took place in low income community in the early sixties as African American moved to find better opportunity. Therefore, in sixties opportunity not for everyone especially low-income and color people. They are discriminated by color in the society of white people who are rich. Color people children like Sylvia, who believe that she does not belong in the society because of her family income. And her family cannot give her higher education as white family give to their children. The only possibilities she can have higher education if the communities have no race between colors also with their low-income. However, we all deserve to have equal right in United States, no matter what class we are also our color. We sh...

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