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Theme Of Thank You Ma Am

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“She reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled.” Langston Hughes, the author of the fictional story Thank You Ma’am creates Roger, a boy about thirteen or fourteen years old, who doesn't expect what happens to him when he tries to steal Mrs. Jones pocket book and learns the lesson not to steal, the hard way. The author of the story Thank You Ma’am develops the theme that you should respect your elders and not steal from them and if you are in a time when someone is doing wrong to you, to stand up for yourself. The character, Roger portrays the theme by showing obedience and respect. He shows Obedience when Mrs. Jones tells him to go and wash his face in the sink. Though the door was open …show more content…

Jones also portrays the theme by showing resilience, dauntless, and adult responsibility. She shows resilience when, “A boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse...the large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in his blue-jeaned sitter,” this shows that she is not scared of Roger when he tries to snatch her purse. She also shows dauntlessness when she doesn’t give up on Roger. She says to Roger that she will, “Teach you right from wrong. Least I can do right now is to wash your face. Are you hungry?” she has an unusual way of teaching Roger, as she first shows that she is not afraid of him and fearless then Roger learns that hard way not to mess with people’s belongings. The last thing Mrs. Jones shows is forgiveness. She shows forgiveness when even after Roger tries to steal from her, she ends up giving him what he wanted in the end. She tells him, “Now, here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes. And next time, do not make the mistake of latching onto my pocketbook nor nobody else’s.” this related to the theme because when Mrs. Jones gives this to Roger she is showing him that if he learns his lesson not to steal, good things will come from it. This is how Langston Hughes, the author, shows that the theme of the short story Thank You Ma’am is that you should respect your elders and not steal from them and if you are in a time when someone is doing wrong to you, to stand up for

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