Analysis Of Toni Cade Bambara 's ' The Lesson '

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"Imagine for a minute what kind of society it is in which some people can spend on a toy what it would cost to feed a family of six or seven. What do you think?" (Miss Moore). This saying from Miss Moore had helped the readers to understand the setting of “The Lesson”. The author Bambara whom were born and raised in New York City in which it is also the setting of this short story. Toni Cade Bambara was born as Miltonia Mirkin Cade in 1939. The name Bambara came from her great-grandmother’s trunk when she found a sketchbook in which it is the signature. Success came to her early, but did not continue rapidly. Bambara studied multiple majors in several different countries and that is where she finds her inspiration to write her stories. Social injustice inspired her to write a book stated the issue of African-American at the moment. The story started with a brief description from the main character Sylvia of Miss Moore. The relation of that with the fight of Women Rights was very closely related since Miss Moore is an educated African- American woman. In Sussman’s article, she mentioned the interview of Bambara with the novelist Anne Tyler. “What pulls us along is the language of (her) characters, which is startlingly beautiful without once striking a false note. Everything these people say, you feel ordinary, real-life people are saying right now on any street corner. It’s only that the rest of us didn’t realize it was sheer poetry they were speaking”. (Anne

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