Megan Bolger Professor Warner Literature Studies Essay #1 February 7, 2020 “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, tries to teach us about economic and social injustices. The narrator, Sylvia, tells us about when someone in her neighborhood, Miss More, who taught her and all the other children a lesson about money. Miss Moore is an educated woman who likes to share her knowledge with others. She moved to a new neighborhood and somehow convinced the parents of the children to let her take them on educational trips. In this short story, Sylvia tells us about the time Miss Moore brought all the kids in the neighborhood to a toy store on Fifth Avenue. Her goal was to the children to see how far a dollar can really go. The children come from low-class families and do not have much and because of that Miss Moore wanted to show them about what life has to offer. What the children do not know is that there is a whole other world out there where people have money and can buy expensive items. By the end of the story, the children come to realize their own poverty and if you work hard enough you can work your way out of it and eventually buy expensive things. By the end of the story, the children come to realize the difference between the rich and the poor. They see the economic difference.