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Learning From your Elders Experiences your elders can arouse eye-opening experiences is a view that is greatly expressed in both The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambera and Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison In The Lesson an economic lesson is learned from Miss Moore while in Battle Royal a life lesson is learned by the narrator from his grandfather The narrator in Battle Royal is a confused young black man who finds himself having to choose between the wishes of his grandfather and the means of the white society The Lesson also uses the views of elders to influence younger members of society The narrators parents arent around very often and are therefore watched over by a black lady down the street It is inferred that the mother is an alcoholic when she says our mothers were in la-de-da apartment up the block having a good ole timethe lesson p629 The alcoholic mother leaves the children to follow the ways of another elder in the community In Battle Royal the narrator is puzzled by advice given to him by his grand father which his parents refuse to discuss with him This is much like The Lesson because the parents in The Lesson are barely mentioned and a neighbor character that has assumed the parent position teaches the lessons This learning from outside elderly forces is due to a new parent figure taking over as the role model in place of the birth parents who are not willing or able to give their children emotional support In both stories the characters were also taught of a life that is better than the one that they live and how to over come the obstacles that the life has placed in front of them In The Lesson Miss Moore taught the narrator how to overcome her economical struggle that had lain before her She does this by taking the children to expensive stores to show them
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