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The years of adolescents are spent in bliss with little care or little worry for adulthood and what will come from the transformation The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara and Salivation by Langston Hughes depict the main characters coming of age and there moments of enlighten epiphany Sylvia and Langston go through an experience which causes a paradigm shift in their perspective of the world ergo molds them for the dark future of adulthood Sylvia and Langston share a plethora of similarities such as intelligence and youth but are different in key traits Sylvia intelligence is street oriented and is a rebel while Langston derives his knowledge from observation Both main characters fail to properly communicate their true feelings which hinders personal growth Langstons intellect comes through analyzing his surroundings and the results of actions a primary example is when I began to wonder what God thought about Westley who certainly hadnt seen Jesus either Langston holds the zeal to become a fervent believer but does not feel the presence or see the face Jesus and is in deep ponder to what the next course of action should be Huges Sylvias intelligence is street oriented and she struggles to do rudimentary math of tipping the cab driver and pockets the surplus for personal spending Sylvia enters the posh toy store and feels destitute but quickly her intuition rationalizes that she cannot afford the grandiose price tag but comes from a resourceful family Sylvia comprehends her familys financial standing and the value of every hard earned dollar and goes through a comedic sketch of what her mother would say You wanna who that costs what cocking her head to the side to get a better view of the hole in my head Bambara Langston uses the rubric of reasoning the preacher gives a rhythmical sermon which stirs emotions of cries and screams but fails to meet the expectation of seeing the face of Jesus hence failing
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