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The Lesson

“The Lesson” is a short story written by Toni Cade Bambara. The story relates an account of a well-educated woman named Miss Moore who brings a group of young black children from Harlem to F. A. O....

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 3:59 am UTC

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Sylvia does show signs of change during the lesson that Miss Moore gives the children, but she is so tough that she refuses to admit it, even to herself. At the end of the story, she even shows...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 12:37 am UTC

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By the end of the story, Sylvia says, "ain't nobody gonna beat me at nuthin." She seems to have internalized the fact that she is going to meet with opposition in society as a result of her race...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 3:24 pm UTC

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While all the children learned a lesson that day, Sugar seems to have given the situation more in-depth thought. When Miss Moore asked the children for their thoughts on what they had experienced...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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It is evident from the outset that Sylvia dislikes Miss Moore. She makes cynical comments about her actions, her attire, the way she looks, and what she is trying to achieve. She apparently hates...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2017 9:32 am UTC

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Sylvia and Sugar are cousins "who lived on the block cause we all moved North the same time and to the same apartment then spread out gradual to breathe." They seem to be about the same age, and...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2017 2:30 am UTC

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Miss Moore takes Sylvia and her friends to FAO Schwartz, a famously extravagant toy store. She wants the children to see the kinds of things that privileged people can afford to do with their...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020 6:32 pm UTC

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Toni Cade Bambara (1939–1995) is the author of several novels and short stories mainly focused on the idea of coming of age as children grow up and on social injustice, particularly with respect to...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 7:53 pm UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara’s story “The Lesson” Sylvia has a thought provoking experience when she visits the F.A.O. Schwartz toy store with Miss Morris and a group of adolescents from her Harlem...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 10:18 pm UTC

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There are many reasons why Miss Moore stands out in the community. Right away, we see she has "nappy hair, and proper speech and no makeup," suggesting that other people in the neighborhood have...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 8:19 pm UTC

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Before they enter F.A.O. Schwartz, the expensive Fifth Avenue toy store, Sylvia, the other children, and Miss Moore look in the store windows at various items and their prices. This review of the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 2:38 am UTC

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The tone of a story is told through the language used and can shift throughout the story. In "The Lesson," a narrator, Sylvia, is reacting to a trip into New York City with her teacher, Miss Moore,...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2018 5:55 am UTC

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You could say that a thesis statement is an opinion which you will be arguing throughout your essay. I like to think of a yes or no question and frame my thesis statement around an answer. For...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 2:36 pm UTC

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The central conflict in "The Lesson" on one level is the resistance of the children to the "lessons" Miss Moore is trying to teach them. This conflict works in several ways. From a practical point...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 4:06 pm UTC

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"The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara is character-driven, and as such, it does not have one main climax. Miss Moore, the college graduate who has moved into a poor Harlem community, wants to show the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 2:29 am UTC

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The protagonist of Toni Cade Bambara's "The Lesson" is Sylvia, a preadolescent black girl living in poverty in New York City. As a way of coping with the world around her and her troubled...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 9:36 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 8:08 pm UTC

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Over the course of the story, the source of Sylvia's antagonism shifts. Initially, Ms. Moore, with her "nappy hair and proper speech and no makeup" is hated by Sylvia and her friend, Sugar. They...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 6:59 pm UTC

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Sylvia doesn't run off to the store with Sugar because her mind's still processing the events of this unusual day. She has learned a lot from Miss Moore's lesson on the value of money but still...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 10:14 am UTC

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There are a few ways to interpret what Miss Moore's character symbolizes in "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara. The most obvious is wisdom and knowledge, as she has been to college and takes it upon...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 5:44 am UTC

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This story is rich with metonymy and allusion, referring to how Sylvia feels about Miss Moore and the people that all the students see on their excursion. Metonymy is when something is referred to...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 6:31 am UTC

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Sylvia is also simultaneously confident and vulnerable. Her attitude toward Miss Moore reflects her discomfort with those whom she believes are “superior” to her in a superficial sense. This notes...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 10:04 pm UTC

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The narrator, a young girl named Sylvia who is quite irritated at having to learn from Miss Moore rather than go to the pool or the movies, says that Miss Moore talks to them about "what [their]...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 2:44 pm UTC

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Ms. Moore is trying to show the children from the poor neighborhood that a better life is within their grasp, literally. At first it seems that the lesson is about the cruel reality of the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 6:41 am UTC

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Throughout this little excursion with Miss Moore to FA0 Schwarz, Sylvia internalizes most of the reactions she feels toward the lessons she's supposed to be learning. Miss Moore wants the children...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 4:31 am UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "The Lesson," Sylvia notes that Miss Moore is always saying to the kids she is mentoring: Where we are is who we are... Miss Moore continues by saying that it...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015 7:11 pm UTC

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Sylvia has had a socioeconomic awakening after going to Manhattan. She realizes that America is a land occupied by people who inhabit places and live on an economic level about which she has never...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2017 4:51 pm UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story, "The Lesson," the author uses first-person point of view. This means that the story is being told from a character's standpoint. As she describes the events of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 5:21 pm UTC

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I certainly think that the ending line can be seen as a form of resistance on the part of Sylvia. The idea of defeat is something that Miss Moore wishes to teach the students to overcome. The...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012 5:39 am UTC

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The nature of the conflict between the two characters is defined by the different perceptions each has of her own reality in contrast with that of the other. Miss Moore clearly means well and...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 1:41 pm UTC

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An essay's introduction is meant to guide the following paragraphs. The paragraphs that follow all need to support the argument that was made in the thesis statement. The intro that is listed here...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 12:26 pm UTC

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The level of language used by the narrator in Toni Cade Bambara’s short story “The Lesson” is hard to quantify but appears to be that of an under-educated upper elementary or middle school student....

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 7:42 pm UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story, "The Lesson," Sylvia is all about being ahead in "the game." She has no idea that the "game" is about to change. Miss Moore gets the kids for a couple of hours...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 2:42 am UTC

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In the short story "The Lesson," we watch as Silvia resists learning. She is a bit rebellious and very independent, and resents Ms. Moore for trying to teach the kids and change the way things...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 8:18 pm UTC

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Additionally, Miss Moore hopes to teach the children concepts that are still foreign to them. These concepts capture the realities of economic value and choice. Economic value is based on what...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 2:07 pm UTC

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While the time period of Toni Cade Bambara’s short story, “The Lesson,” is never stated outright, with some context clues and some further sleuthing, it is possible to make an educated guess. “The...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018 6:03 pm UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "The Lesson," the reader is introduced to the narrator, Sylvia, who has a standing (though quiet) feud with Miss Moore. Miss Moore has moved into the neighborhood...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "The Lesson," the main character, Sylvia, is a dynamic character, not a "mouthpiece" for the author. A dynamic character is a... ...developing (dynamic)...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 1:04 pm UTC

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Toni Cade Bambara’s story “The Lesson“ employs a first person narration with Sylvia, as the narrator and protagonist. Sylvia is a 12 year old black girl, cynical, intelligent, and the obvious...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 10:42 am UTC

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The conclusion of the story proves Miss Moore's lesson was worthwhile. She is getting the kids, in this case, Sylvia to think. The entire purpose of the lesson was to enable the kids to...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012 2:21 pm UTC

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"The Lesson" follows a group of eight children from a poor area of New York City on an outing to F.A.O. Schwarz, a pricey toy store located in an upscale area of the city. The excursion is...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2018 1:53 am UTC

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In the story "The Lesson" written by American writer Toni Cade Bambara, Sylvia and Miss Moore compare in that both dress nicely when Miss Moore takes the neighborhood children out on an excursion....

Latest answer posted February 18, 2015 6:41 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 4:00 am UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "The Lesson," the character of Miss Moore has personality traits that the narrator, young Sylvia, thinks are strange and especially out of place in her poor...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2017 8:47 pm UTC

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In Bambara's "The Lesson", an African American teacher who works with poverty-stricken students decides to take them to the rich side of the city to visit the famous toys store F.A.O. Schwartz: one...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2014 9:15 pm UTC

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In "The Lesson," author Toni Cade Bambara employs the mature voice of Sylvia, who is a young girl. There are two reasons that explain the mature tone of the narrator. First, the story begins with...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2016 2:47 pm UTC

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Toni Cade Bambara’s short story “The Lesson” raises important points about social inequality and individual qualities that can help overcome it. The story shows how children gain awareness of...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2020 2:58 am UTC

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In Toni Cade Bambara's short story "The Lesson," Miss Moore takes a group of children to F. A. O. Schwartz to learn about inequality. It is clear that this is the lesson she wants to teach them,...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020 7:04 pm UTC

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In "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara, Miss Moore — a college graduate — has moved to the area and taken it upon herself to educate a bunch of local children. On a random day during summer vacation,...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 6:25 am UTC

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Miss Moore is trying to teach the children commercial arithmetic. As they walk along the streets, she talks to them about “the costs of things, their parents’ earnings, and income inequality in the...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2018 3:12 pm UTC

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