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Nina 1 Paola Nina Professor Gordon English 1302:-CRN: 72420 03 February 2009 In the story “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, there are various social issues that are reflected through the characters. Ms. Moore a retired college educated woman was determined to help out the youth in her community. She was mainly focusing her lessons to Sylvia a girl whose parents weren’t very interested in her. Along with Sylvia, the children in Ms. Moore’s class were very conscious about their financial needs. Bambara writes, “…but she steps out in the street and hails two cabs just like that. Then she hustles half the crew in with her and hands me a five- dollar bill and tells me to calculate 10 percent tip for the driver”(Bambara 1108). Although Ms. Moore was trying to teach the students arithmetic she was also trying to teach them a life lesson. They were charged eighty-five cents for the ride and Sylvia decides to not leave the driver a tip. The lesson comes into effect when they arrive at FAO Schwartz and realize they can’t
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