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Thank You M'am Langston Hughes

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Gabriel Hardy

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Transcript of Thank You M'am Langston Hughes

Literary Analysis Project
Thank You M'am
by Langston Hughes
Published in 1958
Shelby Collins & Gabriel Hardy
May 5, 2014
Pd. 8A


Definition: A related comma series of events in the story that build up to the climax.
Example: When Roger snatched Mrs. Luella's pocketbook and when she kicked Roger in the butt.
Explanation: Mrs. Luella's first form of self defence was to kick Roger in the butt after he robbed her.
Rising Action
Definition: The most emotional or suspenseful moment.
Example: When Mrs. Luella grabbed Roger into a full-nelson.
Explanation: This event grabbed the readers attention because it was it was interesting.
Definition: a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
Example: Short Story
Explanation: This story was short and sweet.
Definition: A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
Example: When they were done Mrs. Luella gave Roger $10 for him to get some blue suede shoes.
Explanation: She was being considerate even after he did what he did.
Falling Action
Definition: When characters' problems are solved.
Example: When Roger left the room and says Thank You to Mrs. Luella before she shuts the door.
Explanation: Mrs. Luella's effort of teaching Roger to be polite was a success. So, it solved the problem and made it a good ending.
Definition: Overall emotion created by a work of literature.
Example: Hopeful
Explanation: When Mrs. Jones actually gives him money, she is expressing the hope that her unexpected kindness will change Roger into someone who won’t try to steal anymore.
"Thank You M'am" Langston Hughes
Definition: The time and place in which the events of a work of literature take place
Example: "Was about eleven o’clock at night in the city."
Explanation: It was late at night in the city when everything went down.
Protagonist & Antagonist
Protagonist: The main character of a work of literature who experiences conflict and undergoes a permanent change
Antagonist: The person or force working against the main character.
Example of the Protagonist: Roger
Example of the Antagonist: Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones
Explanation: Roger was the main character since he was apart of the conflict. Mrs. Luella was giving Roger difficulties.
Definition: The attitude that a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character.
Example: Humorous
Explanation: He describes the encounter between Mrs. Jones and Roger.
Point of View
Definition: Vantage point or from whose view the story is being told.
Example: Third person limited
Explanation: In the story, the narrator knew the thoughts and feelings of Mrs. Luella and Roger.
Definition: A comparison between two unlike things using like or as.
Example: "His muscles are strong as an iron rod."
Explanation: The quote from the book was comparing muscles to an iron rod by using as.
Definition: A comparison between two unlike things which one thing is said to be another.
Example: "The road was a ribbon of moonlight."
Explanation: The quote from the book was saying that one thing was another; this was the road being a ribbon of moonlight.
Definition: The use of words that imitate sounds.
Example: "um hum"
Explanation: This noise sounds like someone agreeing or understanding someone, and its used in the story.
Definition: Description that appeals to the senses.
Example:The sky was black and murky, the streets were muddy and wet.
Explanation: This quote is describing a sight in the story, its giving the reader a visual of whats going on.
Definition: The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.
Example: "run run run run"
Explanation: The quote is using repetition of the consonant sound "r".
Definition: the recurrence of similar sounds, especially consonants, in close proximity
Example: "run, run, run, run"
Explanation: This quote repeats and uses the consonant sound of r.
Definition: the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.
Example: "the blue suede shoes"
Explanation: He stole the purse because he wanted blue suede shoes.
Definition: the action of repeating something that has already been said or written.
Example: "No'm"
Explanation: In the story, this quote was repeated several times.

Definition: An expression that has a different meaning from the meaning of its individual words.
Example: "a bump in the road"
Explanation: This is a idiom because there isn't actually a bump in the road.
Definition: The use of clues to suggest events that will happen later in the plot.
Example: "She was a large women with a large purse that had everything in it but a hammer and nails"
Explanation: Overall, Mrs. Luella had a lot of things in her purse except tools.
Definition: The theme about life revealed in a work of literature.
Example: Trust
Explanation: Ms. Luella trusted him in her home alone with her purse left in the house open and unattended.
Definition: A kind of humor based on opposites
Example: Roger thinks he is going to jail but Mrs. Jones takes him to her apartment.
Explanation: Mrs. Luella did the opposite of what Roger thought she was going to do.
Definition: Part of the stories that tells who the characters are and the conflict.
Example: When Mrs. Luella understood that Roger was trying to steal her purse.
Explanation: This example tells the conflict and the characters.
Cause and Effect
Definition:The writer presents an event that causes things to happen.
Example: Roger didn't steal Mrs. Luella's money, so she rewarded him with $10.
Explanation: Since Roger obeyed her, she rewarded him.
Definition: An exaggeration or overstatement used to make a point in a passage.
Example: "You a lie"
Explanation: You cant actually be a lie, so this was very exaggerated.
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