Review of The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara .
Review of The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara . Theme The main theme in The Lesson is poverty and wealth. The children live in squeezed apartments. Some sections smell of urine because some residents use these areas to relieve themselves. Protagonist The main protagonist is Miss Moore; an educated Black woman who wants the children in the neighborhood to experience education like herself. Point of view The story is narrated from Sylvias perspective, but not from Miss Moores. It is told in the first person. Exposition time The storys setting is Harlem, in an unspecified time frame known only as Back in the days when everyone was old and stupid or young and foolish, and me and Sugar were the only ones just right. Initial incident The defining occurrence was when Miss Moore moved to the block where the narrator and her family live. Rising Action Rising action occurs when Miss Moore rounds up the narrator and her cohort, Sugar. The narrator says: So this one day Miss Moore rounds us all up at the mailbox and its pure dee hot, and shes knocking herself out about arithmetic. Climax Climax occurs at the store when the narrator, Sugar, and Miss Moore look at the shocking prices of different items. Falling action It occurs when the narrator, Sugar, and Miss Moore return to the mailbox where they started their tour and summarize the days events. Outcome The children realize that some people have so much money that they can spend on stupid toys, whereas others cannot even afford decent meals and housing. Conclusion The story is all about wealth and poverty. The narrator comes from a disadvantaged family, and Miss More, having been educated, wants the children to get an education so that they can escape poverty. Characteristics of the authors style The author uses an African-American vernacular style to write the story. Some obscene words like bitch are typically used to denote African-Americans, an ethnicity to which the narrator belongs. Symbols The sailboat at the store is an expensive toy and a symbol of wealth. Some people have so much money that they can spend on such play items. In contrast, the narrator, her family, and her cohorts are symbols of poor black families. Irony It is ironic that Miss Moore never imagined she could get the children to have a different perspective of life and education, yet she touched Sylvia and Sugar. It is also ironic that Miss Moore cared less about the trip to FAO Schwarz, yet the visit greatly impacted Sylvia and Sugar. Presentation of Characters Sylvia and Sugar are presented as carefree teenagers, whereas Miss Moore is portrayed as a caring woman, who wants the best for their children. Fantasy Sylvia and Sugar fantasize about wealth. After the trip to the store, Sugar says: You know, Miss Moore, I dont think all of us here put together eat in a year what that sailboat costs. Flat characters Miss Moore can be described as a flat character because she does not change much from the storys beginning to the conclusion. Round characters Sylvia is a round character because she encounters conflicts and is changed by them Stock characters Miss Moore can also be described as a stock character because even her name seems to derive from her personality. She wants MORE for the children, and it is by design rather than coincidence that her name is Miss Moore, and she does not have a first name. Static characters Miss Moore is also a static character. She does not undergo much change. She insists on helping the children achieve more and does not give up on her goals. Dynamic characters Sylvia and Sugar can be described as dynamic characters because they undergo significant inner and personal transformations throughout the story.