The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara Essay

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The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara The major theme of the story was creating awareness in adolescents about what life has to offer. The nature of human beings of accepting the realities of life to such an extent that apathy and lethargy sets in, is what proves to be destructive for the social fabric of today’s world. In this stagnation, Mrs. Moore provides the impetus required for people to realize their god given right to something better. We are told that Mrs. Moore has a college degree, is well dressed most of the times, and has a good command on her language. She seems to be a kind of a person who has seen the world. She has experienced life, and wants to use that experience in providing the children with an opportunity to broaden…show more content…
At times, she asks them to question the way of things, and realize that they are not receiving enough of the prosperity that they deserve to have. We see that as society struggles against new ideas, so did the children. They did not readily take to Mr. Moore’s indoctrination. In the text the author says that “And then she gets to the part about we all poor and live in the slums, which I don’t feature. And I’m ready to speak on that , but she steps out in the street and hails two cabs just like that.” We realize that Mrs. Moore is trying to open their eyes to the world around them, when she takes them on a trip around the expensive shopping complexes of the city. As Mrs. Moore takes them through these areas, we get the distinct impression that Sylvia gets angry. She discovers a fiber glass boat that is worth a thousand dollars. Sugar touches the boat, at which she gets jealous. She does not realize at first the reason for her anger, and almost directs it at her cousin, Sugar. Yet she stops herself and realizes that she is not angry with Sugar, rather that something else is wrong. We see the first signs of comprehension in the group. Things change as the laid back nature of the girls is shattered when Sugar comes up with an important observation. She says that “ I don’t think all of us here put together eat in a year what that sailboat costs.” Sugar realizes

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