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Her teacher Miss Moore makes her to realize her underprivileged status which makes Sylvia to think about the social inequity that is prevailing in the world. “Brownies” by Z.Z. Packer is a story of a bunch of African American girls who during their summer camp come across a group of white girls. They believe that the white girls have racial abused them and they plan to avenge them. Laurel is narrating the story who is the protagonist evolving as a mature person. Both the stories are dealing with the coming-of-age of their central characters. The similarity in the stories is that both Sylvia and Laurel have realized the inequality of races prevalent in their world. The issues of racism and social disparity are presented from the point of view of children. Sylvia though comprehends this truth she refuses to express it whereas Laurel is forthright in conveying her feelings. In this paper we are going to focus on the similarities and differences in the self-realization experienced by Sylvia and Laurel, and the ways in which Bambara and Packer portray the theme of coming of age of their characters.
Sylvia in the story “The Lesson” is contented with her life even though she is living a life of poverty. Miss Moore, her teacher takes the responsibility of educating Sylvia and other children of her locality about the ways of the affluent people. She takes them to a toy store where the price of a sailboat evokes strong reactions from the children, “Hand-crafted sailboat of fiberglass at one thousand one hundred ninety-five dollars”. (Bambara). Sylvia is also astonished at the price and regards it as a waste of money, “What I want to know is," I says to Miss Moore though I never talk to her, I wouldnt give the bitch that satisfaction, "is how much a real boat costs? I figure a thousandd get you a yacht any day”. (Bambara). After returning from the toy shop the children realize the difference between their lives and other people who can
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Her father is described as a weak individual and is not a prominent character in the story (Perrault). More focus is kept on Cinderella and her fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother keeps on telling Cinderella to be a good girl and Cinderella listens to her.
The author of the paper explains that at the beginning of her entrance into the store Sylvia continues to exhibit the brashness and bravado that she had demonstrated before becoming exposed to this new environment. In these regards, Sylvia follows her friends that joke about possibly stealing items.
THEME Since the length of “The Lesson” is according to conventional short story therefore it is able to address multiple themes. On the other hand the unconventional style and length of “Girl” is making multiple themes a difficult task. The main theme of “Girl” is the relationship of two generations and how older generation is trying to dictate terms.
The author states that beginning with the role of money, Cade Bambara highlights how Sylvia reacts to Miss Moore’s lesson about the cost of a handcrafted fiberglass sailboat. At $1,095, the cost of this toy is more than Sylvia can understand. “For some reason this pisses me off. We look at Miss Moore and she is lookin at us”.
The author has been very keen to use symbolism in expressing the disparity and the social as well as economic stratification depicted throughout the story. Symbolism is evident from the begging to the end of the narration. The title of the narration acts as the first symbol used by the author to bring out his point.
I had help thou. They say it takes a village to raise a child.
That girl of mine is a handful. I tell ya! Always into somthin and the mouth on that child! She got that from living here. My momma would have knocked some sense into her lil' ass. Oh yeah, my momma would take ya out back and beat ya silly.
Furthermore, the individual GDP of India, China, Germany, Japan, and the United States has surpassed the total GDP of the 22 Arab league countries.
This second table compares the total GDP of Israel with the total GDP of the Occupied