“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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Author's Craft Essay In the story Thank you Ma’am the author Langston Hughes uses narration, Descriptive language, and dialog to provide background information, introduce characters, and build suspense within the story. In the beginning of the story the author uses a narrator to build suspense. An example of this is on page 1 the narrator states “It was about eleven o'clock at night and she was walking alone when a boy ran up behind he and tried to snatch her purse.”
"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
In the book “Thank You, Ma’am” Hughes sets the tone for how people are to be treated. Even though the book is not in public domain does not mean we cannot read parts of it and apply it to our lives now. In this short story book, he details an interaction of a young black child, Roger, who tries to steal a purse but is stopped. What he doesn’t know is the purse he will try to steal is that of a strong-willed lady, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. In the story, he depicts Roger as a dirty boy trying to survive on the streets. He must resort to stealing things to survive. When he encounters Mrs. Jones, she shows him some tough love “Then it will get washed this evening, said the large woman starting up the street, dragging the frightened boy behind her” [Thank You Ma’am]. This shows that even though he did wrong she still treated him with respect. Hughes was known for writing his short stories, poems, and Jazz music that had to do with African Americans and the racial issues that he faced. He was noted to be only a “few black authors to champion racial consciousness as a source of inspiration, and cautioned young writers to avoid racial chauvinism and virulent anger in their work toward whites.” He did not want society to write angrily with another race but simply embrace and love each other.
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. Luella Bates Washington Jones, and tried to steal her purse, but failed to do so. Hoping to shape him up, she treats him like her own son, and cares for him, though there is no one at his house to go home to.
In Thank You Ma’am, Langston Hughes used a lot of dialogue in his story to show how the characters talk to each other. Dialogue is one of his many words in figurative language. An example is “If I turn you loose, will you run?” asked the women.
n the story “Thank You M’am”, the turning point in the story was both interesting, and unexpected. The turning point in the story occurs because Roger tried to steal Mrs. Jones purse. For instance, in the story, “Thank You M’am”, it states, “It was about eleven o'clock at night, dark, and she was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind
The story "Thank you M'am" by Langston Hughes and "Brother Can You a Dream" by Jackie French Koller. Each author develops the common theme "Need Before Greed" in "Thank you M'am" when Ms. J gives Roger the money he needed for some shoes he wanted.
This paragraph is going to show fear in the 2 stories names “A Christmas Carol” and “Thank You Ma'am” and my personal experiences. In a Christmas Carol there is an example of fear which is when Scrooge and the Future meat up and they have a talk and future shows Scrooge that he will die if he does not show any kindness to anyone, the fear that Scrooge had changed him into a better person. The second is the Thank You Ma'am when Roger gets caught stealing his the ladies pocket book, but in the end of it, his fear got turned into gratefulness because he only wanted money for blue suede shoes and got the money for them, from the lady. My last example is my personal experience when I decided to take money out of my sisters purse while she sleeping she woke up and saw me walking out of her room with money, my sister told me I can keep the money but I can not take money from her again. Those are the examples of fear.
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.
Mrs. Jones put a lot on Rogers’s life when she took him in after he tried to steal her purse. When Mrs. Jones showed kindness to roger but deep inside it changed him because when she got him he was rude. He was rude because he would to her like when Mrs. Jones said “why did you try to steal my purse?” He lied and said “I didn’t aim to.” And he did which made it a lie. When she finally took him home and cleaned him up he felt guilty and became more polite. After they got done eating and she gave him money I think she changed him deep inside because he didn’t know manners until that night because when she told him goodnight and went to bed he was too embarrassed to say anything until he finally turned around and said “thank you , ma’am.” That’s
In the short story "Thank You, Ma'am," by Langston Hughes, the main character Mrs. Jones is a compassionate character because she is protective, loving, and sympathetic. Mrs. Jones is an old lady who carries around a purse with everything in it but a hammer and nails. One day, when a young man named Roger tried to snatch her pocketbook, she kicks him in the blue-jean sitter, then she takes him home, but takes care of him! Mrs. Jones feeds Roger dinner. She feeds him beans and ham and cocoa.
First, Mrs.james shows the theme By thinking she is poor and flopping on the couch like a bucket of fish. At the beginning of the story Mrs.james has hardly any money to get jim so she just foils and thinks, “There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl.” By
She lets him know that she can relate to him, but stealing isn’t the answer to his problems. She actually feels sorry for him and gives him the money he was trying to steal, and sends him on his way confused. She tells him if wants something just ask for it. By the end of the story, Roger wants Mrs. Jones to trust him. Mrs. Jones hopes that he has learned a valuable lesson and doesn’t do this again.
Mrs. Jones’ kindness to Roger change him. It changes him because he lives on the street and since he lives on the street, he probably never even experienced kindness before. When Roger snatched Mrs. Jones’ purse you can tell he didn’t want to but he needed or wanted the money. In the story, on page 31 paragraph 2, When Roger snatches the purse; he says “I didn’t aim to”. That tells you he didn’t want to do it or he is lying to save his tail. Also when Mrs. Jones took Roger in, as in into her house, he was all sort of nervous. He didn’t know what to expect. Although after Mrs. Jones gave him food and drink, he started to be less nervous and more grateful. For instance, on page 33 last paragraph, when he was leaving Mrs. Jones’ house it says
In “Thank You, Ma’am.”, Mrs. Jones treated Roger as if he had never tried to steal her purse. He was a boy with a broken home and a troubled heart. Mrs. Jones treated the young and reckless boy as if he were her son. She fed him and even trusted him enough to leave her purse with Roger while she cooked for the two of them. Roger will never forget such a kind hearted woman.