In regards to "The Lesson," explain what Ms. Moore means by saying "where we are is who we are."

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In addition to meaning that the specific circumstances of one’s socioeconomic status are the “where,” Miss Moore’s quote also suggests a psychological place.

While it is true that Sylvia and the other children are seemingly trapped in the circumstances of their impoverished upbringing, they are also limited in their understanding of why the world is the way it is. Miss Moore attempts to broaden the children’s horizons by demonstrating life lessons. The trip to the toy store is meant to underscore how drastically one’s socioeconomic status can impact one’s view of money and...

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