Since the beginning, Langston Hughes has described how the kid screws up and how kind the woman is even though he did so. The kid is poor and has decided to steal money to get shoes however the woman stops him in his tracks. She tells the kid “Well you didn’t have to snatch my pocketbook to get some suede shoes, you could've just asked me.” This describes how kind the woman is because she forgave him and said he did not have to be a thief to get shoes. Even though this is a very kind thing to do the woman has done more for the kid.
"The large woman simply turned around and kicked him in the blue jeaned sitter," Though it may not seem like this is a story of learning and positive influences, so begins one of many such stories about a child being positively influenced by a parental figure in a way that will affect every decision he/she will ever make. Parents have an enormous impact on what their children do and what ideals said children believe in. Without parental interaction, children may become lost or come to accept mistaken ideals such as the rightfulness of stealing which Roger, a main character symbolizing a child, actually agrees with when the reader originally reads the story. While some children might find their way if left alone, many would become overwhelmed and their young minds would perish. In this article, two texts will be discussed that express this topic: "Thank You, Ma’am" by Langston Hughes and "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan. In the Modern Era, it is all the more important to
Everyone has difficulties and tragedies in life, some more than others. Though when people show compassion, it makes your spirits rise and make your challenges more bearable. In the short story, “Thank you, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, a woman whose purse has been an attempted target by a boy, shows the theme of compassion with an overflowing amount of it. The boy, Roger, learns throughout the story that compassion is very important, and his true personality is revealed by some woman he doesn't even know.
In the story of Thank You Ma’am how Mrs. Jones makes Roger feel good. Mrs. Jones acted
In the short story “Thank You M’am”, Langston Hughes tells the story of a lady named Mrs.Luella Bates Washington Jones (or Mrs. Jones) and a young boy named Roger.
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.
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.
Characteristics of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones The author Langston Hughes characterizes Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones in many creative ways throughout the short story "Thank You, Ma'am". The first characteristic that stood out in the short story was Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones' kindness. She not only lets Roger clean
The use of character foil in “Thank You Ma’am” by Langston Hughes reveals how Mrs. Jones shows herself through Roger. Mrs. Jones and Rogers contrast with one another ends up allowing Roger to bring out the best in himself. The story begins with Mrs. Jones not punishing Roger for trying to steal her purse but acting compassionate and helpful to Roger. The large woman, Mrs. Jones brings Roger back to her home and lets him wash his face and he asks ¨You gonna take me to jail?” asked the boy, bending over the sink. ¨Not with that face, I would not take you nowhere,¨ said the woman.¨ (pg.2) Mrs. Jones shows the quality of being kind to the boy who tried to snatch her pocketbook, which reveals that she is a good person. Mrs. Jones showed her personality
after reading reviews from him thank you ma'am I have came up with a few similarities and one difference one somewhere or is that the setting in another is the characters change of heart the differences how the short stories end
Nearly every dictionary defines compassion as a sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others; but this locution goes deeper than a monotonous and heartless rendition. In Langston Hughes's prominent short story, ¨Thank You Ma'am¨, the newly formed relationship between a skinny and ragged boy named
Tracy Johnson Mr. Bush English Comp. 11 26 October 2012 Langston Hughes: Spokesman for Civil Rights The purpose of this essay is to examine the theme of three Langston Hughes poems; “I. Too,” “Mother to Son,” and “Theme for English B.” The theme of these three essays is civil rights. Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902. His parents separated early in his life, he lived with his mother in Kansas City. Langston Hughes attended High School where as a senior he wrote, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” Langston became a Merchant Seaman in 1923 and visited Ports of West Africa. He lived for a time in Paris, Genoa, and Rome but returned to the United States after some time. In 1903 He became involved in radical politics, but
In the story "Thank you, ma'am" Langston Hughes characterizes Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones as a person who has many different personality characteristics. First, she is strict. She tells Roger to go pick up her pocketbook. Next, she is bossy. She tells the boy to go wash his face. Last,
Yes Ma'am Short Story Have you ever thought of stealing, for something you dearly wanted, and would do anything to get it? Well Langston Hughes wrote “Yes Ma’am” about a young boy named Roger. Roger wanted blue suede shoes, but didn’t have money to buy them. He saw Mrs.
In the story “Thank you Ma’am” by Langston Hughes, the character Roger changes from an egocentric person to a more appreciative person. In the beginning of the story, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is walking down the street at night, “…When suddenly a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse.” This boy’s name was Roger. What I know is that only someone desperate would try to steal someone’s purse. The boy did look like he needed food, but that’s not what he was going to do with Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones purse. He only wanted to buy a pair of blue suede shoes. Therefore, making Roger egocentric. Later in the story, after Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones makes Roger go clean his face. She then starts to prepare food