The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara
... Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara
The short story, The Lesson, by Toni Cade Bambara was written in 1972. The story focuses on a young, black girl who lives in a poor neighborhood. The girl, Sylvia, is a sullen, sassy girl, who hangs around with other children from her neighborhood. This story is about the transition that takes place in the girl’s personality. The girl is an escapist of sorts, who hangs around with her friends, whiling the time away and not giving much thought to her position and place in the society.
The girl’s impudence is quite evident from the start. When describing Miss Moore, her new neighbor, the protagonist, Sylvia, uses a scornful tone. Miss Moore’s very tightly curled hair, her ...