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Analysis of The Lesson The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara is a brief narrative story that captures a turnkey moment in a young girls life Sylvia vividly recalls the day she learned a life lesson that was initiated by Miss Moore The central idea of this story is that actual life experiences are the lessons that make the most impact Sylvia recollects the day with the mentally of that she would rather go to the pool or to the show where its cool than on Miss Moores educational field trip to the city Once in the city Sylvia notices the financial affluence of the people there and how much that defers from her own Sylvia suffers sticker shock in the expensive toy store and that is where Sylvia gets mad and the wheels in her head start to turn On the way back home Sylvia thinks about how her mother would react if Sylvia were to ask for the clown she saw at the store At the end of the day Sylvias attention is not of going to get a half a chocolate layer with her cousin Sugar but instead Sylvia wants to be alone to think this day through It is at this point Sylvia determines that aint nobody gonna beat me at nuthin The central character of this story is Sylvia who is also dynamic Sylvia who never thought much beyond her own ghetto neighborhood has to rethink her situation after going into the city This is a bitter pill for Sylvia to swallow yet she initiates a mental change at the end of the story Miss Moores character is static in that she is an unchanging mentor of the children and wants to educate them The other kids in the story are minor characters that are stereotyped by their names like Rosie Giraffe and Fat Stewart 2 Butt and remain static throughout the entire situation The additional minor characters
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