Sylvia and Sugar

Throughout the story “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, it highlights the relationship between Sylvia and her cousin Sugar. I think their friendship adds a lot to the story because it makes it more exciting. The first sentence states, “Back in the days when everyone was old and stupid or young and foolish and me and Sugar were the only ones just right. . .” It demonstrates how they are super connected to one another. On page 113, Sylvia remembers, “I just couldn’t go through with the plan. Which was for me to run up to the altar and do a tap dance while Sugar played the nose flute and messed around in the holy water.” I really liked this story because the two cousins are so fun-loving and always getting into trouble. Even though “The Lesson” teaches the children about money, their friendship adds another level to the plot. And towards the end of the story, the text states, “‘Equal chance to pursue happiness means an equal crack at the dough, don’t it?’ Miss Moore is besides herself and I am disgusted with Sugar’s treachery. So I stand on her foot one more time to see if she’ll shove me” (115). When Sugar pays attention to Miss Moore and learns from her, Sylvia is angry because she doesn’t like Miss Moore. In the end, they race to Hascombs and everything is good. Overall, I loved the story “The Lesson” and I especially loved Sylvia and Sugar.

3 thoughts on “Sylvia and Sugar

  1. audrey s

    I agree with you and think Sylvia and Sugar’s friendship is really special. The story is told through Sylvias point of view and their close friendship is shown through how they converse with one another and Sylvias anger when Sugar talks to Ms. Moore. Their friendship adds another dimension to the plot which I really enjoyed.



    Hi Molly! I absolutely agree with your thoughts on “The Lesson”. The story would feel incomplete without their relationship. The ending would a very different ending if Sugar and Sylvia were not as close. Personally, I enjoyed how their dynamic seemed combative yet harmonious.



    I love the fact that Sylvia steps on Sugar’s foot when Sugar guesses the point of their journey. The students spent most of the time ignoring everything Miss Moore said and wanted to ditch their lesson. I think it makes a lot of sense for Sylvia to be angry with Sugar for speaking out since her objective has been to leave the class and ignore the blatant problem Miss Moore presented.


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