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In Life education comes in all forms A major theme of Toni Cade Barbaras The Lesson is that the most valuable lessons in life are those not learned in the classroom This story is about an educated black women named Ms Moore who takes the poor and underprivileged neighborhood children to FAO Schwarz The children dont want to go but are forced to go by their parents This theme is presented to us by the use of the three characters Ms Moore Sylvia and Mercedes Ms Moore is the educated women that moves into the neighborhood She is opposite of everyone else who lives in the neighborhood Sylvia says And she was black as hell cept for her feet which were fish white and spooky Bambara uses this quote to symbolize how Ms Moore is black and that she is their connection to the white community This quote also represents how ironic it is that Ms Moore is their connection to the white community The name Moore symbolizes that Ms Moore is a person who wants more from her children Through out the whole story she is trying to get through to the children but they could care less Ms Moore did not think she was going to reach anyone until at the end when she reached Sylvia Thats the whole irony of the story Sylvia who least wanted to go wound up learning the lesson Sylvia is the narrator and the main character of the story One can learn right away that Sylvia is not fond of Ms Moore and could care less about the trip to FAO Schwarz This is very ironic considering This trip had the biggest effect on Sylvia Bambara illustrates this by the tone and language of Sylvias narration Her use of slang terms and curse words clearly indicate where she has grown up and her dislike of Ms Moore For example Sylvia says Im really hating this
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