It is as though Sylvia knows there is a lesson to be learned and she needs some time to figure out what the lesson might actually be. She wants the youngsters to learn that there is much more to the world than the slum area they know, and particularly for them to realize that wealth is unfairly and unequally distributed.
This pushing action may be significant as it could suggest progress in numbers. Bambara may be suggesting that in order for black people to overcome racial and economic differences they have to help each other.
Still cynical and bitter, Sylvia is at the edge of change.
To Sylvia, Miss Moore is the enemy who prevents the students from having fun. Which suggests a lack of racial equality and a difference among classes. Ronald sees what he recognizes as a Something that Miss Moore is attempting to promote among Sylvia and her friends.
Something that is noticeable from the living conditions of each of the characters in the story. Some of the children get the message that there is social inequality, and they want to change the course of their lives.
Sylvia gives the cab driver the fare of eighty-five cents but decides that she needs money more than he does and keeps not only the tip but the remainder of the money. Something has clicked in her. Schwartz that she is being to think differently.
They feel out of place based purely on their class and the colour of their skin. Schwartz may also be important as there is a sense that they may feel ashamed of who they are poor and black.
Where we are is who we are Miss Moore out of all the characters in the story stands out from everyone else. At the end of the story, she wants to be by herself to think over what she has learned.
Despite her cynicism, Sylvia gets it. Theme The author uses theAn Angry Young Woman. Meet Sylvia, the first person narrator of Toni Cade Bambara's short story, 'The Lesson.' Sylvia is around ten years old and lives in Harlem in the s. The theme of "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara is social inequality and the lack of quality education for African-American children.
This short story was first published in and is a narrative told in the first person by a young black girl growing up in Harlem. Continue Reading. - Symbolism and Themes in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara Toni Cade Bambara wrote the short story, The Lesson, in The Lesson is considered by the Literary Canon to be a wonderful work of fiction because of its use of language, humanistic theme, symbolism, and non-genre plot.
In Toni Cade Bambara's short story, "The Lesson," Miss Moore is a self-appointed advocate to a group of inner-city children in an effort to open their minds to the world and their potential in that. Symbolism and Themes in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara Toni Cade Bambara wrote the short story, The Lesson, in The Lesson is considered by the Literary Canon to be a wonderful work of fiction because of its use of language, humanistic theme, symbolism, and non-genre plot.
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