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Thank You Ma'am
Transcript of Thank You Ma'am
By: Langston Hughes
"She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but hammer and nails. It was about eleven o' clock when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her pocketbook." This quote explains the introduction of the story and also the beginning of the rising action. Next, the relationship between the boy and the woman will be taken to another level.
"Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled." This quote explains when the rising action continues towards the climax. It also shows the reader how mad people are when you steal something from them. Have you ever been shaken until your teeth rattled?
"If I turn you loose will you run?" "Yes'm." "Then I won't turn you loose." These quotes explain the point where the action continues to rise and closes moves toward the climax. Do you think if she turned him loose, he would run? Let's see.
"Um-hum! Your face is dirty. I got a great mind to wash your face for you." This quote explains part of the motherly gestures between Mrs. Jones and the boy.
"Then, Roger, you go to that sink and wash your face." This quote explains another motherly gesture between the two of them. It also is the climax of the story because it is the main point of action before the action starts descending. Their relationship will come to forgiveness.
"I wanted a pair of blue suede shoes." "Well you didn't have to snatch my pocketbook to get some suede shoes, you could have asked." These quotes explain the point where the action starts to descend from the climax. It also shows another little motherly gesture because of how Mrs. Jones said "you could have asked." Most mothers like it if their children asked for stuff they want instead of stealing things.
"So you set down while I fix us something to eat. You might run that comb through your hair so you will look presentable." This quote explains, once again, another motherly gesture, because Mrs. Jones is literally making food for some boy she just found on the street. Now, that is human kindness. This also shows that the action is starting to calm down, and the story is getting to the resolution.
"Eat some more son." This quote hits the nail on the whole motherly relationship concept. It completely tells you Mrs. Jones feels like his mother, even though they are not even family.
"I've got to get some rest now, but from here on out, you behave yourself boy." This quote shows how Mrs. Jones trusts in Roger.
"Then she shut the door." This is the perfect quote for the end of a story. It just ends with Mrs. Jones closing the door, but creating a new friendship.
Setting: An urban street, at 11 o' clock pm. This setting describes to the reader where the conflict is about to occur. It is late at night and probably very dark. This urban street may even be located in a bad part of town.
Problem: A boy, who has no family, is about to steal some lady's purse. He wanted to buy blue suede shoes, so he attempted to steal some money. This problem sets up the main conflict in the story.
Characters: Roger and Mrs. Jones. These characters are important to the story because they are the only two characters in the book. The characters also make a perfect match for a mother-son relationship.
From this story, we learn not to steal other people's belongings because they may defend themselves. Another thing we learned is people can be as compassionate as your mother, even if they are not related to you. I learned to never steal, unless I was ready for the consequences. The story taught me how homeless kids live their lives. It also taught me to ask for things, instead of stealing them.