In the short story, “Thank You Ma’am,” a young boy named Roger tried to steal a purse that belonged to a woman named Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones and got caught. She had Roger wash his face back at her house and even had him stay for dinner. Throughout the whole story, Roger learns life lessons. Some were that he shouldn’t try to steal and he should just ask. Through their time together, Roger learned that if he treats Mrs. Jones kindly, she will treat him kindly back.
In the beginning of the story a poor boy named Roger tried to steal money from Luella Bates pocketbook, to buy himself some blue suede shoes because he had no one else that would . Luella Bates caught Roger and instead of turning him in she brought him home with her. Luella Bates took Roger home and got him washed up and fed. She talked to Roger about how stealing wasn't a right thing to do, and how she also used to do worse. Luella Bates treated him like a son and even gave him money to buy the shoes he wanted. So in the end Roger Realized that even though he didn't have a family to care for him he still had people that would care for him in his community like Luella Bates. The theme of the story ¨Thank-you, Ma'am¨ is that you shouldn't look down on struggling people because the steal, you should put yourself in their shoes and help them out. often times they steal because the have no money or people to provide the things that they need.
What can cause a sudden change in someone’s life? As details in “An American Childhood,” “A Retrieved Reformation,” “At the Crossroads, “A Christmas Carol Acts I and II,” and “Thank You, M’am” show, significant changes in someone’s life can be caused by an inner realization, starting over and being given a second chance.
Millions of acts of kindness occur every day, like how Mrs. Jones acted towards Roger. “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes shows that forgiveness comes with trust and understanding. This short story has multiple themes; trust is earned, trust comes with kindness, and generosity leads to happiness. But the most important theme that the author indicates is that forgiving the wrongdoer comes with trusting and understanding them. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is upset with the boy in the story, Roger. Luella learns to forgive him; he’s only a kid and deserves a second chance. Roger explains that he only wanted money for blue suede shoes. Luella leaves him alone with her purse for awhile which implies that she trusts him. When Mrs. Jones discovers that he didn’t steal her money, she is glad that she trusted him and generously gives him money to purchase the shoes.
The third reason why Mrs. Jones is bold is because she left her purse on the table and the door open. Roger could have left with the purse. In the text it says, "The woman did not watch the boy to see if he was going to run now, nor did she watch her purse which she left behind her on the day-bed" (Hughes 32). The woman was showing Roger that she trusted him. She knew he wasn't a bad kid, he was just making bad choices. This was her way of giving him a chance to prove himself. When Mrs. Jones let go of Roger for him to go wash his face why didn't he choose to run out the door?
“The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.” This paradox is demonstrated through the short story, Thank You, Ma’am, as a woman that goes by Mrs. Jones. Helps this fourteen year old straggly boy, that goes by the name Roger find the real answer to life. As Mrs. Jones takes him into her home, even though the boy tried to steal her purse. She teaches him that you don’t need to steal if you want something in life. You could just ask, because someone would be willing to show an act of kindness. She forgives the boy for trying to steal her purse, because everyone sins and no one's perfect. We all have sinned and we just have to live with
His desire to steal the purse was driven by the strong want to buy blue suede shoes. This desire of the shoes can be compared to Macbeth’s desire of the throne. Both characters did evil deeds to reach their ultimate goal. Roger, however, is unable to successfully steal the purse and learns an important lesson through his failure. After Roger’s failed attempt, the story explains the woman’s initial actions, “... she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled” (Hughes, 1). This quote shows her aggressive behavior that masked her knowledgeable and caring personality. Roger is made to go back to her house to clean up and have a meal. The theme of patience is learned during his visit to her house, “The woman did not watch the boy to see if he was going to run now, nor did she watch her purse which she left behind her on the day-bed. But the boy took care to sit on the far side of the room where he thought she could easily see him out of the corner of her eye” (Hughes, 3). This quote expresses the amount of respect and trust built by both Roger and the woman in this short amount of time. She later explains to him that she understands his motive to steal as she has done wrongful deeds as well. She finished her talk with him by saying, “And next time, do not make the mistake of latching onto
In the story Thank you ma’am a boy named Roger tried to steal a lady named Mrs. Jones’ pocketbook. The lady took Roger back to her house and was holding him by the ear so he wouldn’t get away. Later on she let Roger wash off his face and gave him food. The reason he wanted to steal her pocketbook was to get some blue suede shoes. The lady tells Roger that she has done bad things in the pass too. Later on the lady gives Roger some money so that he could get the shoes.
One small act of kindness has the potential to change a life. This heart warming story “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes introduces Mrs.Jones, a big strong willed woman. Roger, a young troubled boy, runs into Mrs.Jones and she changes his life forever. In this short story, Roger tries to steal from Mrs.Jones. After being unsuccessful instead of punishing Roger, she takes him to her home, washes him, feeds him, and gives him the money that he before tried to steal. The author makes the point that no matter how different two people can be, their stories can be very similar teaching the reader to never
In the short story, Thank You Ma’am, by Longston Hughs a powerful message is communicated. The story begins on an empty street in New York City where Roger attempts to steal Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jone’s purse. Roger has to decide between running away or going with her. At her home she lets him wash his face, eat dinner and she gives him $10s to buy blue suede shoes. All this generosity leaves Roger speechless at the end of the story. He could barely say “Thank you ma’am”. And then Roger never saw her again. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones has every reason to reprisal against Roger, but doesn’t. As readers we are left with the question, why does Mr. Luella Bates Washington Jones take Roger home? I believe that Mrs. Luella took roger home to teach him how to be selfless not selfish. An important lesson we seem to assume Roger lacks.
At the beginning of “Thank you, Ma’am,” we see how just how compassionate Mrs. Jones really is. The moment she meets Roger, she tells the boy to wash his face. “Least I can do is wash your face. Are you hungry?” This might not seem like a very compassionate thing to do at first, however, she doesn’t even know the boy, yet she has enough compassion to make sure he is clean. Then, she takes the boy inside of her house! In addition, the boy, Roger asks, “You going to take me to jail?” But Mrs. Jones doesn’t. Maybe she sees that Roger is really a good boy inside, so she shows compassion to bring out his true kindness. This makes me think that he was probably trying to steal because he had to. And when Mrs. Jones asked him if he had anyone at home, he said, “No’m.” Mrs.
Utilizing the literary element characterization, Hughes develops the central idea that guidance is the necessity one needs to excel by receiving random act of kindness from the woman Roger was stealing the purse from. The story presents the readers the notion of goodness rather than incarcerating by following the social norms and standards in the real world. Langston Hughes shows the importance of generosity and certainty by implying indirect characterization while the readers examines the interactions and actions between the old woman and Roger.
To begin with on page 32 it says that she trusted him with her purse. Roger sees that she trusts, and how forgiving she is. And on page 32 Roger says “ I only wanted some blue suede shoes.” The reason he tried to snatch her purse was for some shoes, which shows stealing, and so she tries to fix him and succeeds. At the table she talks to him about her job, and sees that she is actually kind. So to him he begins to think, and then at the end when she hands him some money, he sees its better to just ask. At the end we come to find out he has goodness in him when he says thank you and walks away. Plus not to forget she is really stern with him. So lastly, he thinks about what all she has said, and starts to have a little bit of manners which