The Lesson by Cade Bambara (Short Story)

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Miss Moore Character Traits

“The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, is a short story with many different character traits. Miss Moore is a person in the short story who has many different traits. Miss Moore teaches the kids the value of a dollar in a unique way. Miss More shows that she is caring, presentable (confident about her looks), and well educated teacher, who is trying to better the lives of the kids, through out the story. Miss Moore shows off her traits in many ways. One way that Miss Moore shows that she is a caring person, is by showing how dedicated she is to he job. “She’d been to college and said it was the only right that she should take responsibility for the young ones’ education, and she not even related by marriage or blood.” This quote shows that she cares about the children’s future. Most teachers just teach to get paid and that’s it. But that’s not the story with Miss Moore she has gone to college, and now she gets paid good money for what she does and she wants to pass that down to the kids, because the kids right now are poor and live in the slums ( except for Mercedes). Junebug doesn’t even have a desk and Flyboy doesn’t even have a home to go to. So even though Miss Moore is not related to the kids by blood or marriage she still wants the kids to achieve in life just like she did. “And school suppose to let up in summer I heard, but she don't never let up. And the starch in my pinafore scratching the shit outta me and I'm really hating this nappy-head bitch and her goddamn college degree. I'd much rather go to the pool or to the show where it's cool.” This quote shows that Miss Moore really wants them to succeed in life because, she is teaching them in the summer when they should be out having fun and not thinking about school. If she didn’t care about their education she would just let them have fun in the summer, but instead she s out in the summer trying to teach them a very important lesson. Miss Moore

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