Thank You M’am is a short story by Langston Hughes. It tells the story of a young boy, Roger, who tries to steal a woman’s purse. He is caught in the act, but she does not turn him in to the police. Instead, she takes him home and feeds him dinner. The story ends with the woman giving Roger some advice about life. Thank You M’am is a great example of Hughes’ writing style. It is full of imagery and symbolism, and it speaks to larger issues like poverty and racism. Thank You M’am is a classic piece of American literature, and it is definitely worth reading.
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive,” Martin Luther King Jr. has said. He who lacks the ability to forgive is devoid of the ability to love. Evil and good reside in everybody. When we recognize this, we are less likely to despise our foes. ” This indicates that we must increase and preserve the amount of forgiveness in our hearts so that we may help others.
Thank You M’am by Langston Hughes is a story about Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, who teaches Mrs. Rogers, a young boy named Roger, and the power of forgiveness.
In Thank You M’am, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is walking home from doing some grocery shopping when she is approached by a young boy named Roger trying to steal her purse. Mrs. Jones quickly grabs hold of Roger, but he protests and tries to squirm away from her grip. She drags him to the nearest lamppost and demands to know why he was trying to steal from her.
Roger explains that he was trying to get money to buy some blue suede shoes because he really likes them. Mrs. Jones asks Roger why he doesn’t just get a job to earn money for the shoes, and he tells her that he’s tried but no one will hire him. She decides to take Roger back to her home so he can wash up and have something to eat before she takes him back out on the street.
While at Mrs. Jones’ home, Roger washes up and eats some food while Mrs. Jones watches television. After a little while, Mrs. Jones asks Roger if he is ready to go back out on the street. Roger says that he is, but first he wants to thank Mrs. Jones for being so kind to him even though he tried to steal from her. She tells him that he is welcome and gives him a few coins to buy the shoes he wanted. Roger thanks her again and goes on his way.
This story shows the power of forgiveness because Mrs. Jones could have easily turned Roger away or even called the police on him, but she chose to show him kindness instead. Because of her act of forgiveness, Roger was able to learn from his mistake and hopefully will not try to steal again in the future. Thank You M’am is a reminder that we should all try to be more forgiving towards others, even when they make mistakes.
Roger is still a young boy who can make a difference in the world if he changes his perspective and takes responsibility for his actions, without a doubt. “He did not trust the woman not to trust him. He also did not want to be discredited now” (79). This scene particularly demonstrates Roger’s learning that Mrs. Jones trusts him, as well as how she has done terrible things in her life but learned from them.
Also, this story is set in the time period of when Jim Crow laws were still in place and Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is a black woman. Despite the color of her skin, she shows Roger that anyone can be trusted no matter what they look like on the outside.
“Thank You M’am” by Langston Hughes is a short story about a boy named Roger who attempts to steal from a woman named Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones but gets caught. Mrs. Jones could have easily beaten Roger or turned him into the police but instead she takes him back to her home, feeds him dinner, and gives him a pair of shoes.
This story highlights the importance of trust and responsibility. Mrs. Jones teaches Roger a valuable lesson about taking responsibility for his actions and not to judge people based on their appearance. This is a heartwarming story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.
Mrs. Jones did not observe Roger to see whether he would attempt to steal her handbag in her own home because she had demonstrated trust and forgiveness for his terrible behavior. For example, “Well, you didn’t have to grab my pocketbook in order to get some suede kicks” (79). Once again, the author is demonstrating right versus wrong and instructing readers on how to acknowledge their sins.
Although, Mrs. Jones is not a wealthy woman, she still decides to offer help to Roger. The author also includes a theme of compassion because Mrs. Jones offers to help Roger even after he stole from her. From the moment Roger entered Mrs. Joness home, his perspective changed dramatically because he “had never been in a room so clean and orderly” (76).
Furthermore, “the way the woman’s house was kept made him feel shabby and dirty” (76). In addition, “he had never seen such nice things in anybody’s house-not even Miss Lottie’s” (76). All of these factors led to Roger having a different outlook on life, and how people should be living.
Consequently, Mrs. Jones shows Roger that there is more to life than just stealing and being dirty. Lastly, the author Langston Hughes uses foreshadowing when Mrs. Jones is carrying Roger home. She says, “ I’m going to wash your face and hands first-then we’ll see about those shoes” (78). The “we’ll see about those shoes” is referring to the shoes Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones bought for Roger at the store.
In conclusion, Langston Hughes uses various literary elements to teach a lesson in the short story, “Thank You M’am”. Through the use of imagery, point of view, and foreshadowing the author was able to teach a moral lesson to the readers. Thank You M’am is a story about a boy, who attempts to steal from an old woman, but instead she shows him kindness and changes his perspective on life. Consequently, this story also teaches the importance of being kind and forgiving to others.