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"Thank You, M'am" By: Langston Hughes

Short Story

christopher hartford

on 28 January 2013

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Transcript of "Thank You, M'am" By: Langston Hughes

When the large women named Mrs. Jones is walking home on the street late at night, a young boy named Roger attempts to snatch her purse right out of her hand when she kicked him on the ground and held him by his neck.
"The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in the blue-jean sitter,"(p 388).
Mrs. Jones is disgusted by Rogers' lack of cleanliness so she takes him to her apartment to wash his face while scolding him about stealing.
"'Not with that face, I wouldn't take you nowhere,' said the woman," (p 390). Exposition In the short story, "Thank You, M'am," by Langston Hughes, the setting takes place in the dark urban city of Harlem, New York in the 1920's, at about eleven o'clock.
"It was about eleven o'clock at night, dark, and she was walking alone,"(p 388). By: Langston Hughes "Thank You, M'am" Rising Action Climax/Turning point The turning point of the story is when Mrs. Jones takes Roger into her home and he has the opportunity to take her purse and run but he decides not to because he does not want to be mistrusted by her.
"But the boy took care to sit on the far side of the room, away from her purse,"(p 391). Falling Action Mr. Jones teaches Roger that everybody has something that they want but can't have so he is not allowed to steal in order to get it, rather than working hard to earn everything.
"After awhile she said, 'I were young once and I wanted things I could not get,'"(p 391).
"Everybody's got something in common,"(p 391). Person vs. Person
Roger tries to steal Mrs. Jones' purse.
Person vs. Society
Roger wants to buy a pair of blue suede shoes but because he's poor he needs to steal money in order to buy the things he needs. Conflict Conclusion/Resolution Mrs. Jones Realizes Rogers' point of view and and that he has changed so she gives him money to by the suede shoes.
"She got up and said, 'Now here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes,'"(p 392). Point of View 3rd Person
"The large women simply turned around and kicked him right in the blue-jean sitter,"(p 388). Protagonist Roger
Dynamic character
14-15 years old
Frail body
Comes from a poor family
Lacks cleanliness
"He looked as if he were fourteen or fifteen, frail and willow-wild, in tennis shoes and blue jeans,"(p 389).
"She said, 'You a lie!',"(p 389). Antagonist Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones
Round character
Large woman
Carries a large purse
Cleanliness is important to her
"'Um-hum! Your face is dirty. I've got a great mind to wash your face for you.',"(p 389).
"Least I can do right now is wash your face. Are you hungry?"(p 389) Theme People will be rewarded from honesty and hard work rather than lying and cheating. Author Langston Hughes
Born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri
Went to school at Columbia University and Lincoln University.
Won the Harmon Gold Medal for Literature in 1930, for his first novel, "Not Without Laughter."
Most of his novels and poems are inspired by African American history from the 1920s-60s.
His work pplayed an important role in shaping the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
Died May 22, 1967, of prostate cancer
His residence in Harlem, New York has been given landmark status
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