In The Lesson, written by Toni Cade Bambara, it begins with Sylvia giving her own description on Miss Moore. She is confused as to why Miss Moore always gathers the kids from the neighborhood and takes them on boring outings. Sylvia mentions that Miss Moore is one of the few who has a college education, but she does not seem too impressed and would rather spend her day at the pool with her cousin, Sugar. As they enter the taxi cab, Miss Moore hands Sylvia a five dollar bill to tip the driver at the end of the trip. However, Sylvia has a difficulty time figuring out how much she should give the driver and decides against tipping him but would rather give him nothing.
This short story tells how a young girl named Sylvia and her friends leave their neighborhood in the projects and take a field trip with an educated African American woman, Miss Moore, to a toy store in the rich part of the city. By showing a young tenacious girl's journey through the process of education and realization, Bambara reveals how people learn new things and choose to defend their pride as they learn that their perception of reality may be wrong.
In the text, it states “Then Sugar surprises me by sayin, ‘You know, Miss Moore, I don't think all of us here put together eat in a year what that sailboat costs.’ And Miss Moore lights up like somebody goosed her. ‘And?’ she say, urging Sugar on. Only I'm standin on her foot so she don't continue.” This shows that when Sugar has an intelligent thought, Sylvia wants to stop her. Sylvia does not like when Sugar seems smarter than her in front of Miss Moore, so she does not let Sugar go any further. Sylvia and Suger are opposites of each other because while Suger wants to share what she learned, Sylvia wants to keep that knowledge to herself.
Sammy usually thinks that most people who shops at A&P are sheep’s or otherwise known as followers. He thinks that because everybody is usually dresses the same. On a Thursday afternoon three girls walk into the store (A&P), and he was surprised because of what the girls were wearing, usually people don’t walk into a store with two piece bikinis on. Sammy is the protagonist in this story and is also a very observant person, when the three girls walked into the store he goes and tell us every little detail about the girls, “She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweett broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs”. Even though Sammy criticizes the girls about how big there were and short and the way they walked in his mind he probably would have
Once Sammy has quit his job, he leaves the store and goes outside hoping for companionship by finding Queenie outside waiting for him, or at least seeing her in the distance. However, once again pushed back into isolation, all he finds is a older mother arguing with her children about some candy in a window, making him feel isolated. At the ending of “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty”, the differences between isolation and companionship are show to us once again. It is shown when we think he has given in to isolation by letting his wife once again pull Walter Mitty around, but he then starts day dreaming once again, showing us that he thinks everyone knows him and that he is “undefeatable” by lining up and thinking that he is standing in front of a firing squad, hoping that he has found companionship in
She despises the doll and feels offended to receive it. Claudia feels an unconscious hatred towards the doll which is actually the result of her hatred towards the white supremacy. She feels like to tear the doll
This attribute is evident when they are on the cruise ship when Ricky went missing. Scared, Rosie started to ask around about Ricky’s whereabouts. Ricky is never found. Glory is Rosie’s fake grandma who is rich and paid all the bills, she even paid for Rosie to go to summer camp!
That one item her mom requested her to get was Kingfish Fancy Herring snacks in pure sour cream. Right then, as she was purshading that single item, the store manager Lengel comes in and things took a turn for the worse. He sees that the girls are only wearing swimsuits and says to them “Girls, this isn’t the beach” ( Updike 1016 ) causing one of the girls, Queenie (as sammy mentally nicknamed her) to blush from embarrassment. Imagine being in a store that is about five minutes away from the beach and the manager telling you that, when you just came in to get one single item. She replied, “My mother asked me to pick up a jar of herring snacks” and he replied to that with “That’s all right.
She starts communicating with him more and she’s not on the phone when he gets home. In the end, Esther gets the idea to buy Sluggo, the crab, a companion. She makes a scene in the store of how great the crabs are and buys every single one of them, Esther and Michael talk later and they bond through his dead mother. This story shows that Michael’s feelings for his aunt Esther changed. In the beginning, Michael and Esther don’t connect.
Miss Moore brings the children into the toy store so they can walk around and most all of them feel out of place. Sylvia thinks to herself, “I mean, damn, I have never ever been shy about doing nothing or going nowhere … We all walkin on tiptoe and hardly touchin the games and puzzles and things” (627). She is realizing that these things are worth a lot of money, money that she does not have. After learning about the sailboat, Sylvia’s mood changes and she asks to leave, when they get back to the train she thinks about how her family is different from the people who can afford all the expensive things. “Thirty-five dollars could buy new bunk beds for Junior and Gretchen's boy.
For instance, Lakshmi is told that “the Americans will trick [her] into running away…[then] shame [her] and make [her] walk naked through the streets” (McCormick 142). This lie causes Lakshmi to believe for a while that she cannot trust the Americans. Her ignorance almost causes her not to be saved by them. In addition, Lakshmi is also lied to by Mumtaz because Mumtaz states that “[Lakshmi] will have to work at [Happiness House]…, until [her] debt is paid off” (McCormick 106). Mumtaz saying this puts false hope into Lakshmi because she thinks there is a debt to pay when really there is not.
How would feel to be in a town with mostly old and Lethargic community of people with traditional behavior and believes? Sammy is a Cash Register at the A&P supermarket near the beach in Boston. Everyday, he sees new tourists visiting the beach but one day, three girls with very inappropriate/attractive dress came inside. Perhaps, it is rare to see people like that because the town has traditional people with appropriate clothes. Sammy observes the girls very Meticulously as if they were aliens from different planet.