In "The Lesson" by Bambara, how are character and setting interrelated?

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Character and setting are related in the children's neighborhood, the taxi, and the toy store. More generally, they are related in the overall setting of New York City.

The character of Miss Moore closely relates to the children's neighborhood, into which she has recently moved. Sylvia, the narrator, paints the young woman as an outsider in almost every way. The only thing she seems to have in common is race, as she and the area's residents are all black. Moore does not seem to have a job and enjoys spending time with the children. She tries to show kindness to the families with small gifts.

Sylvia's family seems to have been living there longer. It emerges through the story that members of the family are not well-to-do, as the girl mentions that her brothers share a room that needs new bunk beds. One way Moore emphasizes her outsider status is by calling their neighborhood "the slums," which Sylvia thinks is incorrect.

The second setting is the taxi. Apparently, the children are...

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