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LeMere 1 Kaylie LeMere 4/4/18 LIB.112.P Prof. Fullin Lesson One: The Invisible Struggle Racial inequality has been an issue in America dating back to the African slave trade in early 16 th century. Equality has been growing through social and legislative reform yet there is still progressing to be made. The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara goes into discussion about acknowledging the issue of inequality and teaching the younger generation about the issue in the context of economic differences by bringing children from a low-income area to an expensive toy store in a predominantly white neighborhood. In Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison touches on the same issues but the main plot of the story involves the narrator, who calls himself the invisible man, being controlled by the white man by being forced to stare at a naked white woman and forced to fight other black men. Although being pushed through that turmoil, the narrator still treats the white people with the upmost respect in hopes to be able to deliver a speech and get a chance at a college education. In comparison of the two stories, Battle Royal follows the submissive side of trying to gain equality, yet The Lesson aims to invoke anger in the children by Miss Moore, presumably in hope to raise the next generation into a more resistance way of gaining equality. Both Miss Moore in The Lesson and the grandfather in Battle Royal taught the younger generation in a way that there is separation between the races. The grandfather regrets that he was quiet about the injustice but instead kept his head down and tried to please the white people. He felt like a traitor to the black people who are trying to fight for their rights. He passes it down to his grandson the narrator in hope to continue his legacy but to fight. That’s why at the end in
LeMere 2 the nightmare the grandfather is upset and not laughing at the clowns (symbolic of people fighting). Miss Moore brought the children to the toy store, so they can see first hand the economic differences between the races. The white people are such better off that they can afford to buy expensive toys for their kids while the children with Miss Moore are like that amount of money can feed their families or buy new bunk beds and basically use the money in more useful and practical ways that they need for their day to day necessities. Both the grandfather and Miss

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