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Thank You M'am By Langston Hughes
Transcript of Thank You M'am By Langston Hughes
- Some sort of large city, probably Harlem in New York City
- In the early to mid-1900s. Mrs. Luella Bates Jones Washington (Round)
- A Larger African-American woman
- Knows how to raise a young man.
- Kind, generous, and trusting.
- Works at a hair salon in a hotel. Initial Incident - Roger tries to steal Mrs. Luella's purse but is too weak. He falls to the ground and Mrs. Jones kicks him and makes him pick up her purse. Mrs. Jones tells Roger about her job working at the beauty shop. They eat a dinner of ham and lima beans. Characters Roger (Protagonist and Antagonist)
- Poor young man who seems to be rather skinny and a bit frail.
- He has a dirty face
- Wearing tennis shoes, but one can clearly tell that he is not well dressed or presentable.
- Able to change for the better By Langston Hughes Prezi By Ethan Wu Characters Thank
You M'am "She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but a hammer and nails." "'I have done things, too, which I would not tell you, son - neither tell God, if He didn't already know'" "He looked as if he were fourteen or fifteen, frail and willow-wild, in tennis shoes and blue jeans." "'Your face is dirty.'" "It was about eleven o'clock at night, dark..." "In another corner of the room behind a screen
was a gas plate and an icebox." Rising Action - Mrs. Luella Jones brings Roger to her apartment to teach him how to behave correctly and be more presentable. - She makes Roger wash his face in the sink, and after he does so, he sees the open door and decides against running away. "The door was open. He could make a dash for it down the hall. He could run, run, run, run!" - Mrs. Jones states that she has done some rather regrettable things, like everyone else. "The woman did not ask the boy anything about where he lived, or his folks, or anything else would embarrass him." Climax - Mrs. Jones gives Roger ten dollars to buy his blue suede shoes and wise advice too. "'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—because shoes got by devilish ways will burn your feet... I wish you would behave yourself, son...'" Resolution Mrs. Luella Jones leads him out of the house, wishes him good night, and shuts the door on him before he can say anything. "The boy wanted to say something else other than, 'Thank you, ma’am' to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but although his lips moved, he couldn’t even say that as he ... looked back at the large woman in the door. " Themes - With a little love and trust, anyone can improve - Things are best earned through your own deeds, not by taking from others. - It's best to ask before taking. Main Conflict - Person vs. Self - The conflict is internally within Roger. He wants to be trusted but at times he wants to run away and make a dash with the purse. It is resolved when Mrs. Jones gives him the money for the shoes, thus showing trust in him. - Other conflicts include Person vs Society (as society says you should not steal) and Person vs Person (when Roger physically tried to steal the purse). Point Of View - Third person omniscient "After he had dried his face and not knowing what else to do dried it again, the boy turned around, wondering what next." Langston Hughes - February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967 - Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri - Worked a crewman aboard the S.S. Malone in early adulthood - In 1930, he won the Harmon gold medal for literature - Best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. Poems such as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and "My People"