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Copy of Thank You M'am

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Transcript of Copy of Thank You M'am

By: Langston Hughes
11 O'clock at night
In an American City
Set in the
early 1950's
"It was about eleven o’clock at night,
and she was walking alone,"
Plot Summary
~`Mrs.Luella Bates is walking home alone when a teenage boy named Roger comes running behind her and tries to take her pocketbook from her
~ Luckily for Mrs Luella, Roger lost his balance and fell to the ground with the pocketbook, instead of running off with it
"..she was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse. The strap broke with the single tug the boy gave it from behind."
"But the boy's weight and the weight of the purse combined caused him to lose his balance, so instead of taking off full blast as he had hoped, the boy fell on his back on the sidewalk, and his legs flew up."
Mrs. Luella Bates then kicks Roger, grabs him by the shirt, and tells him to give it back to her.
"kicked him right square in his blue-jeaned sitter. Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled. After that the woman said, "Pick up my pocketbook, boy, and give it here."
She asks if she lets him go will he run and he says he will. She then points out that his face is dirty so she brings him back to her house to clean up his dirty face
"If I turn you loose, will you run?" asked the woman.

"Yes’m," said the boy.
When they got back to her house, She cleans up Rogers face and he tells her that he was only snatching the pocketbook so he could go buy some new blue suede shoes. Luella then leaves the room to go fix dinner, leaving the door open and the pocketbook on the bed with Roger in the room.
After they ate dinner, Mrs. Luella Bates gave Roger ten dollars to go buy some blue suede shoes. She tells him to make sure he never steals someones pocketbook again and to behave. Roger wanted to say thank you but she closed the door when he got out and he could barely get to say thank you.
Plot Continues
Mrs. Luella Bates
Large woman
Big purse with a lot of things in it
Teaches Roger a lesson.
Takes Roger into her home.
"she was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but hammer and nails."
Roger's decision to steal or not to steal the women's pocketbook in her house and run
Person vs. Person
The woman brings Roger to the door after giving him the money and he tries to thank her but is barely able to do so.
The boy wanted to say something else other than "Thank you, mam" to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but he couldn’t do so as he turned at the barren stoop and looked back at the large woman in the door.
February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967
Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri.
He was raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen, when he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother .
It was in Lincoln, Illinois, that Hughes first began writing poetry.
He left college after only one year and held odd jobs as an assistant cook, launderer, and a busboy, and travelled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman.
In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D.C. Hughes's first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published in 1926.
He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later.
In 1930 his first novel, Not Without Laughter, won the Harmon gold medal for literature.
Langston Hughes wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering and their love of music, laughter, and language itself.
About The Author
Langston Hughes
"Blue Suede Shoes"
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Person vs. Self
This is a West Hollow
6th Grade
English Literature

Forgiveness, kindness, and empathy
can have a positive impact on another person.
Dirty face
Dirty face
"He looked as if he were fourteen or fifteen, frail and willow-wild, in tennis shoes and blue jeans."
Frail looking
Wearing tennis shoes
and blue jeans
About the age of fourteen or fifteen
Roger Clark

"Thank You, Ma'm"
The short story "Thank You, M'am" opens with Roger, a poor teenage boy, who tries to steal Mrs. Jones' purse while she walks home at night. That would be the introduction, or
of the plot. The short story's plot mounts with the
rising action
of Mrs. Jones, an unusually strong woman for her age, catching Roger as he tries to steal the purse. When she finds out he has no home, she drags him home with her. The
climax or turning point
of the story occurs when Mrs. Jones purposely leaves Roger alone in her room with her purse while she goes to fix him something to eat. Will Roger attempt to steal the purse again or not? That is the
tense moment
in the story. Roger purposely sits on the side of the bed where Mrs. Jones can see him. He wants her to see that he's not attempting to steal the purse. This shows that he is a dynamic character who is already changing his ways. He wants Mrs. Jones to trust him whereas in the beginning of the story, he didn't care about that. The
falling action
occurs when Mrs. Jones and Roger eat their food and are about to say good-bye to each other. Finally, the
occurs when Mrs. Jones gives Roger the money for the blue-suede shoes he wants, which was his motive for trying to steal Mrs. Jones' purse in the first place. The
continues when Roger thanks Mrs. Jones and she promptly shuts the door. They never see each other again.

1. Exposition: setting the scene. The writer introduces the characters and setting, providing description and background.

2. Conflict: the central problem or issue to be resolved in a plot, involving the main character struggling against another character(s) or obstacle. A single event usually signals the beginning of the main conflict.

3. Rising Action: the story builds and gets more exciting.

4. Climax: the moment of greatest tension in a story. This is often the most exciting event. It is the event that the rising action builds up to and that the falling action follows.

5. Falling Action: events happen as a result of the climax and we know that the story will soon end.

6. Resolution: the character solves the main problem/conflict or someone solves it for him or her.
Plot Diagram
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