Injustice in "The Lesson" and "Brownies" Comparison Essay by lithiumtremor

Injustice in "The Lesson" and "Brownies"
An analysis of the theme of injustice in "The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara and Z.Z. Packer's "Brownies".
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Through an analysis of The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara and Z.Z. Packer's "Brownies", this paper focuses on racial, economic and financial injustice and how society tends to set up certain groups to fail. It looks at how the books highlight the lives of young black children in the city who are introduced to the outrageous spending of white people in one of New York City's famous toy stores.

From the Paper:

""The Lesson", tells the story of a group of young African-American children living in New York. When an educated woman named Miss Moore who lives on their block brings them to the famous F.A.O. Schwarz, they experience injustice first hand. The narrator Sylvia is a bold and brazen character who finds herself hesitant to walk inside the store. "Not that I'm scared, what's there to be afraid of, just a toy store. But I feel funny, shame. But what I got to be shamed about? Got as much right to go in as anybody" (1111). After making it inside the store, Sylvia finds herself angry; angry that Miss Moore has ruined her day by bringing her to the store, and angry that some people can afford to spend the same money on toys that it costs to feed her family for weeks. "

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