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The story's theme focuses on education: the need for education and the results of knowledge. It illustrates how learning can lead to discomfort but that the discomfort is necessary for positive change. The author also examines different types of pride, the functions of leadership and the various ways people show respect or disrespect for each other. Underlying the entire story is the notion of economic inequality between whites and blacks in the United States.

Sylvia, the narrator of the story, is a born leader. She is used to being in charge of what the rest of her friends think and do. Sylvia resents the appearance of Miss Moore in her life. Miss Moore is an adult and so has more inherent authority. She also has a college education and some ideas that threaten to change Sylvia's life. Additionally, Sylvia resents Miss Moore because the woman challenges her to...

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