The lesson

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Different levels of classes always have different standard to determine what kind of life that people hold. For instance, the life of poor people and rich people are quite different. In the short story "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara, the two different classes had totally unfair access to the capitals because of the unbalanced wealth in the economy. The black children's distance for white bourgeois culture was very far. Mr. Moore taught the children with use of her education, values and knowledge of the other world, to have the children think about their own life.

The neighborhoods of upper class and lower class in the story contributed to the unequal economy. Sylvia was from a lower class neighborhood that was poverty-stricken and had little access to education. They had no tools and instruments to learn things. Some of the children did not even have a home. However, 5th Avenue, where Ms.

Moore took the children to, could be considered as prosperous. The children found that "everybody dressed up in stockings," and concluded there must be rich people shopping there. The two surroundings the children and white people lived showed that people in the upper class had a much better living condition than the lower class.

The people in the two different classes had a different view about the value of money. The children certainly understood the value of money and comprehended that the amount of money charged for the toys was huge. Oppositely, the rich people who bought the toys might think that money was only a piece cake of their whole property. When the children saw a microscope cost three hundred dollars, they wondered how long would it take to save up their allowances. One of them stated "Whatcha gonna do with a microscope, fool?" showing that...