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Thank You Ma'am Presentation

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Kelly McMurdy

on 15 November 2013

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Thank You Ma'am
In this story, a boy, named Roger, tries to take a woman's pocketbook. She catches him shortly after he tries to run away with it. The woman takes him back to her house after she catches him. The woman later then asks the boy why he tried to take her purse and he answers.The boy learns that the woman's name is Mrs. Luella. She tells him to clean up so they can eat, so he does. She talks to the boy more about her life and about his. The woman gives the boy money for the shoes he so desperately wanted enough to attempt to steal someone's purse in order to get it. The boy leaves with the money and without a "Thank you."
The setting takes place in the city around 11 o'clock. I can tell it's in the city because the main illustration for the short story is a city, and the story also includes that the woman was dragging the boy up the street. The setting later moves to the woman's house where the rest of the story continues. I think that the woman lives with many people because the story adds that the boy could hear other roomers laughing and talking.
Information About the Author
Langston Hughes was born on February 1st, 1902. He was a very famous poet and still is. Langston died in 1967 from complications from surgery.
Thank You Ma'am
By: Langston Hughes
Conflict and Resolution
The conflict for this story is an external conflict. In this story, the conflict begins when a boy wants to buy new shoes. That boy tries to steal a woman's pocketbook to get some money for the shoes. All of that gets him into some trouble at first and he is dragged to the woman's house. Luckily, for him, the woman is nice and lets the issue go if he doesn't do it again. She even gives the boy money to pay for the shoes he wants so that ends his problem with money.
This story's theme is "forgive and forget". Ms Luella forgives Roger very easily after he apologizes for trying to steal from her. Ms. Luella will also eventually forget the situation that happened. She forgave him enough to give him money, and enough to let him off the hook.
The two main characters are Roger and Ms. Luella Bates Washington Jones. Roger is poor and in need for money so he tries to steal. Roger also is lonely because his parents aren't around much. Mrs. Luella is very generous and caring because she gives Roger money, feeds him, lets him get clean, and doesn't report him for trying to steal.
Literary Devices
Point of View: The Point of View was third person limited. It mainly focuses on Roger and his feelings throughout the story. The narrator also isn't one of the characters. It shows some of what Roger is thinking when the narrator says "The boy wanted to say something other than 'Thank you, Ma'am' " (page 359)
Mood: This story shows mood at the beginning of the story when it says "It was about 11 o'clock at night, dark, and she was walking alone." (page 356) When the narrator says that, it adds suspense and makes you wonder what will happen.
"Thank You Ma'am" by Langston Hughes
Citation for the website:
"Langston Hughes." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
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