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Sylvias Acceptance of a Lesson Through Stubbornness In Toni Cade Bambaras The Lesson the story seems kind of linear when you start reading it At first it is just about a girl named Sylvia and her childish rebellious nature toward Miss Moore But you later discover that there is much more to this story than you initially expected The seemingly insignificant quarrels that Sylvia has with Miss Moore have a deeper meaning to it The resolution of the conflict between Sylvia and Miss Moore shows the struggle Sylvia has regarding whether she should not learn things because it appears like a weakness to her or to learn and accept what Miss Moore is trying to teach her The conflict between Sylvia and Miss Moore is because of Sylvias understanding of the division between the rich and the poor Sylvia lives in a very poor neighborhood so it is assumed that she and her friend get around by stealing things This is shown when Sugar asks Can we steal in a serious tone like shes getting the ground rules squared away before she plays Bambara 458 Another example is when Miss Moore tells Sylvia to calculate ten percent of five dollars to tip the cab driver Sylvia replies And Im stalling to figure out the tip and Sugar say give him a dime And I decide he dont need it as bad as I do so later for him Bambara 458 This shows Sylvias selfish nature which stems from the ghetto she grew up in Miss Moore tries to show Sylvia and her friends the division between their poor society and the neighborhood of the people who are in a higher society She says Imagine for a minute what kind of society it is in which some people can spend on a toy what it would cost to feed a family of sex or seven Bambara 461 Sylvia begins to understand and wonder
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