Being set aside, the main purpose in the short story is not to take advantage of the opportunities given, but to understand and be grateful for what they have, but also to be determined to thrive for more giving them ambition. The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara, appears to show how some people have to strive and work to make or earn what some people are handed to, leading into an advantage.
Mrs. Moore, being as wise as she is, had taught the children a powerful lesson explaining the economic inequalities in the world, giving students an open mind to change it. In the story, Miss. Moore takes the children to a toy store called F. A. O.
Schwartz, allowing the kids to wander around the store. It is a known fact that these children cant afford what the toy store has for display, allowing Sugar to speak his mind stating, Imagine for a minute what kind of society it is in which some people can spend on a toy what it would cost to feed a family of six or seven (Bambara 6). As an educator, Miss. Moore wanted the children to witness life in a whole new perspective with endless possibilities, encouraging goals and imagination.
Even though the children could not afford the toys in the toy shop, Miss. Moore did not want the children to have limited options in their life.
She wanted to prove to them that they have as much rights as anyone else. Living in such a critical society, we live where the rich are rich and the poor are poor. Our life is based on a pyramid starting with the rich on top, the middle class in between, and the poor in the mere end. Miss. Moore strives and succeeds to teach the children that there is more in life than their ghetto neighborhood has to offer. Miss. Moore hopes the children will reach out into life and into themselves to receive an education in order to strive and prosper the intellectual meaning of the world as they grow up.
In The Lesson, there is growth within the person and also growth within the characters identity. Sylvia is brought out to be described as a journeyman trying to figure out her identity and what type of person she is, but within her identity and qualities she seems to figure out that she is a very strong individual. Having persistence and invincible spirit, it will surely get her where ever she wants to go in life.
Stating Sylvia, Aint nobody gonna beat me at nuthin (Bambara 7). She there is proving her individuality. Regardless of the issues and problems that steer in everyday lives, if something is wanted, strive for it.