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The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara is a lesson on social class and presents the choice of which society we choose to live in It examines the realization of economic inequity within America Bambara creates Ms Moore the antagonist who strives to teach the children what their life could be like With their consent and desire to achieve their eyes could be opened to the oppression of the world Bambara creates a host of characters These characters help explore and demonstrate the issues that face the poor and the minorities in the United States Ms Moore feels that it is her responsibility for the young ones education364 Helping the underprivileged children learn is important to her because she was the only woman in the neighborhood to earn a degree The children are proud of themselves and of their life They do not know anything other than what they have been exposed to Ms Moores purpose for taking the children to the toy store is to show them the value of money and express to them the poverty in which they really lived Outside the toyshop the children glare at a number of very expensive toys which include a paperweight and a sailboat None of the children realized what the paperweight was actually used for Sylvia the protagonist states My eyes tell me its a chunk of glass cracked with something heavy and different-color inks dripped into the splits But for 48000 it dont make sense 366 A paperweight is used to hold something of value something that one wishes not to lose The neighborhood children have never known or owned anything as precious The poverty the children experience is shown in a more optimistic light Ms Moore wants the children to understand that with a strong desire in the heart and mind they can acquire the strength to rise above destitution Poverty forces the children to value what the rich take for granted The
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