Sylvia is bright and she does have sort of an epiphany while entering the toy store. One day, she decides to teach them about money and takes them on a field trip into the city. Her family moved frequently, and Bambara spent her childhood in different neighborhoods of New York and New Jersey. Once they set off, Sylvia is all for jumping out of the taxi and spending the money on barbeque but not even her best friend Sugar agrees with her.
Miss Moore chooses to stay living in her community because she wants to use her knowledge to help a younger generation.
We never really come to understand why she is still living in the slums if she has a college degree. As close as the inner city is to Manhattan, they are worlds apart in terms of social class and wealth.
I read it again for myself just in case… Same thing. Despite angry whites who resented this integration, most of the students graduated from Central High.
Because she is taken out of her own reality, the prices in the toy store hit her like a bucket of cold water in the face. Bambara published two novels and one work of juvenile fiction in addition to her short story collections.
Sylvia is unhappy with Miss Moore for unsettling her day with such thoughts. Sylvia plans on going off to be alone to think about the day.
Miss Moore explains what a paperweight is for. Mercedes wants to be like the white people who shop at F. They race to the store but when Sugar starts to get ahead Sylvia decides she does not mind. For every child this fantasy is different, but for the kids in the story, their dreams seems to be based on money and a life more rewarding than the one they are living.
Conduct research to find out more about the Black Power movement. The kids responded to the toys by wanting to steal them.
Sylvia demonstrates her discomfort and shame walking into the toy store. Bambara uses material goods such as a paperweight and sailboats in order for the importance of money to relate to education and social freedom.
She is quick to think up or be involved with mischief, such as the time she accepts a dare to run into a Catholic church and do a tap dance at the altar.
By the end of the story, it is clear that Sylvia is realizing that there is more to the world than her neighborhood, and that she will have to develop new knowledge and new strategies for dealing with that world, including, probably, learning more formal patterns of English used by people outside her immediate environment.
Or did she even realize that she might be settling? The question is then would she always be happy settling for less? Her slang and wit show her to be a bright, observant, believable, and interesting character, someone the reader can like and care about.
They do not always speak with standard grammar or inflection. Sylvia also presents the different types of people who inhabit her community through the children in the group. The paperweight can also symbolize that Miss Moore is trying to control them and put them in order, just as a paperweight organizes papers.
We do know that these words are deep inside her and will propel her toward the money she believes she wants and is entitled to.- Sylvia and The Struggle Against Class Consciousness in Toni Cade Bambara's "The Lesson" "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara is not just a spirited story about a poor girl out of place in an expensive toy store, it is a social commentary.
Toni Cade Bambara’s short story, “The Lesson,” takes place in inner city New York. The main character, Sylvia, is a fourteen year old African American girl, who tells the.
The Lesson By Toni Cade Bambara Back in the days when everyone was old and stupid or young and foolish and me and Sugar were the only ones just right, this lade moved on our block with nappy hair and.
Toni Cade Bambara: Lesson for Change Toni Cade Bambara was a renowned author, educator and civil rights activist. She created short stories that drew attention and awareness to the social, political and economic issues of her time. The Lesson. Toni Cade Bambara Author Biography.
Plot Summary While attending classes, she also worked as a social worker for the Harlem Welfare Center. She also worked on scriptwriting and conducted workshops to train community organizations on how to use videos to enact social changes.
Bambara died of colon cancer in December. Toni Cade Bambara: The Lesson Crystal Bryant African American Literature Professor Kasper Miss Moore Miss Moore is the new lady who moved in on the block.Download