Two Boys: Different or the Same?
The protagonists of “The Story of the Good Little Boy” by Mark Twain and “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes are similar and different in many ways. In “The Story of the Good Little Boy” by Mark Twain, the protagonist is Jacob Blivens. He was a good boy who “always obeyed his parents” and “always learned his book, and never was late at Sabbath-school” (“The Story of the Good Little Boy”, 473). It was his goal to end up in a Sunday-school book like all the other little boys he had read about. Jacob went around trying to do good deeds, but every good deed he did backfired on him. He ended up dying in the end. In “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes, Roger is the protagonist. He is a young boy who tries to steal Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones’ purse at eleven o’clock at night. He gets caught by the woman, dragged to her home, and taken care of. Mrs. Luella gives Roger the money that he was trying to steal to buy blue suede shoes and they never saw each other again. Jacob Blivens from “The Story of the Good Little Boy” is similar to Roger from “Thank You, M’am” in that they are both young boys who aren’t really using their brains to their full capacities. Jacob is under the impression that he can make it into a Sunday-school book just by being a good boy and doing good deeds, but he failed to read the entire book about the good little boys. “Whenever he read about a particularly good one he turned over quickly to the end to see what became of him…(“The Story of the Good Little Boy”, 474)” Jacob doesn’t know what happened to the characters in between the beginning and the end. Also, he didn’t use common sense to realize that all of his good deeds were just getting him into more trouble. He ended up in worse condition than all of the bad boys when he tried to help. Roger was lacking common sense too; he undermined the weight of the Mrs. Luella’s bag, despite the bag being very large, and nearly got himself in serious trouble....
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