The Lesson is a story that has been set up inn such a way that depicts culture livelihood and general life. Its set up is upon a woman who teaches African American siblings who are of the same family/ cousins. The woman, Miss Moore teaches these cousins of who live in a low class neighborhood in the same area. At the time that they met with Miss Moore and took a cab to Fifth avenue none of the really took any notice or care for Miss Moore. They arrived at a center that was renowned for high quality toys that they all felt envious about. Except for Mercedes all the other children were confused due to the price tags associated with the merchandise as they were window shopping, they were let down by their own humble background in the sense that they couldn’t be up to the standards that the shops clients were required to be.
The reason why Miss Moore had invited the children to the escapade to the toy store and away from home was due to the reason that she wanted to teach them something; presumably a life lesson to these children who were all from poor backgrounds in low income suburbs of New York. But also from the authors point of view the story has been used to celebrate the African American culture as well as the community as a whole. This goes a long way to showcase what the community has achieved and can achieve in all its endowment. In the story issues that are brought to the surface include economic differences as well as crucial issues of development in terms of social standings. Social economic inequality is an issue that comes up clearly in “The Lesson”.
In the story the children have been challenged to think out of their own economic rendition with regards to the cost of feeding a family that consists of around 6 people. The children are encouraged by a means of approach that triggers them to think out as to whether it is sane, the pack them makes individual conclusions on the day’s activities. Sylvia is the narrator in the story, a witty girl she is. From the above depiction she may have acted as though she never really cared about what would happen to throughout the lesson but came to the silence of her thoughts that she searches herself throughout the day’s lesson and thinks about it in-depth.
The story line is based on such factors that account for culture that has been polarized throughout the setting. The social attitude toward objects has been factored in as well as the disparity between the rich and the poor. Throughout the story is a learning experience with the children’s attitudes being taken into account we can see that it will be morally upright for them to place into consideration. As a reader you go through the journey of realization as well as regards to the social status and inequality that may be placed before to decide as to whether we will take it positively or negatively. Happiness and issues of democratic rights were placed in such dire positions when the feedback from children was received many were who couldn’t be thought of as considerate since not everyone has an equal chance to happiness.
Bambara, T. C. (n.d.). Lesson.