“The Lesson” is a story within a story

After reading “A Conversation About Bread,” I have thought about how many stories have other stories within them. “The Lesson” does not conventionally convey a story within a story, but I think that it has a deeper meaning. In my opinion, the story in the passage is about the inequality within the United State’s economy. It describes a poor neighborhood that discusses the rich lifestyle. I think that the whole story is meant to symbolize the result of corrupted capitalism. The entire story is the story within a story. The text reads, “Thirty-five dollars would pay for the rent and the piano bill too. Who are these people that spend that much for performing clowns and $1000 for toy sailboats?” (114). I think this quotation shows how these kids can’t even comprehend a lifestyle in which money isn’t a problem. I think the writer shows us this field trip because it is just an example for how impoverished colored children think about the rest of the world being unfair.

One thought on ““The Lesson” is a story within a story

  1. EMMET S

    I agree with your interpertation. The story highlighted the faults of a corrupt system and left all the children pretty shook except for the rich one, which makes sense. This made me think how it would feel to be in that position. That’s a lot of emotion for a young kid to handle, and given his situation, he has limited options to channel his anger.

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