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Experience is the Key to Knowledge Children tend not to be naturally aware of inequality they must come to this knowledge through experiences The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara relates one such coming of age in the experiences of a group of New York City children who pay a visit to FAO Schwartz a famous upscale toy store The character Miss Moore introduces the facts of social inequality to the distracted group of city kids of whom Sylvia the main character is the most cynical Flyboy Fat Butt June bug Sugar Rosie Sylvia and the rest think of Miss Moore as an unsolicited educator and Sylvia would rather be doing anything else than listening to her The conflict between Miss Moore this nappy -head bitch and her goddamn college degree 925 all pages references are to the class text Thinking and Writing about Literature A Text and Anthology 2nd ed and Sylvia represents more than the ordinary dislike of authority by an adolescent Sylvia has her own perception of the way things work her own world that she does not like to have invaded by the prying questions of Miss Moore Sylvia knows in the back of her mind that she is poor but it never bothers her until she sees her disadvantages in blinding contrast with the luxuries of the wealthy As Miss Moore introduces her to the world of the rich Sylvia attributes shame to poverty Money aint divided up right in this country 927 The lesson of the story is now questioned by Sylvia On the way to FAO Schwarz store when Sylvia devises a plan to escape from Miss Moores educational trip I say we oughta get to the subway cause its cooler and besides we might meet some cute boys 926 By occupying her mind with what she would rather be doing Sylvia creates refuge where she can hide from the uncomfortable situations she encounters As soon as
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