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Bambara

Bambara

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Published by: Dawn Gamble on Feb 11, 2011
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Rebecca LoganMr. Neuburger Composition 102-AfternoonFebruary 8, 2011Toni Cade Bambara-The LessonWho We AreIn Toni Bambara¶s story ³The Lesson´ it is narrated by a young school girl named Sylviathat is growing up in the slums without her mother and carelessly learning from Miss Moore¶steachings. Bambara intuitively reaches the reader at a greater significance than first thought out by the reader. Sylvia whom is very bluntly outspoken and rude in character is taught a lesson thatshe grasps only with jealousy and anger. When Miss Moore takes her to a toy store where toyscost more than what she can fathom she thinks aggressively in behavior. Sylvia states, ³Wherewe are is who we are, Miss Moore always pointin out«poor people have to wake up anddemand their share of the pie and don¶t none of us know what kind of pie she talkinabout«´(13). Miss Moore is obviously teaching good lessons to learn about life but Sylvia doesnot see past the slums and is only concerned of the present. The reader is the real student inseeing through Sylvia¶s behavior and grasping what is meant by Miss Moore¶s teachings of ³where we are is who we are.´(13)Works CitedBambara, Toni Cade
 Power of Language
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 A Collection of Readings
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