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The lesson of “The Lesson” and its premier method of communication Billy Hinshaw ENG 250; Professor Mofle 3/19/08
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In 1972, Toni Cade Bambara wrote the short story, “The Lesson.” It details the life and times of a group of kids from the point of view of Sylvia, the main character. When a woman named Miss Moore first moves in, all are skeptical of her demeanor and of her way of thinking. Miss Moore takes the group on a taxi ride to a toy store called F.A.0. Schwarz and what immediately catches most of the kids’ eyes is a sailboat that costs $1,195. Puzzled by the high price of the toy, Sylvia and her buddies walk into the store to look for other toys, and also find a dancing clown, which costs $35. Immediately, the group wonders why most people even spend so much on toys, when they reminisce on other things in their respective lives that the money could go towards in a more meaningful way, such as rent, bunk beds, bills, and visits to relatives (Bambara 5). On the way home, one of the kids, Sugar, finally recognizes the lesson of the trip to the toy store, and in her words, says, “I think that this is not much of a democracy if you ask me.” (5) She speculates on an unequal distribution of wealth, or in her words, “‘Equal chance to pursue happiness means an equal crack at the dough, don’t [sic] it?” (5)
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