Victorious comehn February 7 2014 #107
“Thank you Ma’am”
"Thank you Ma'am" a fictional short story by Langston Hughes tells the intriguing tale a boy named Roger who tries to steal a purse from Mrs. Jones, a hardworking woman who lives in a boarding house. Mrs. Jones uses this incident to teach Roger a lesson about life.
In this anecdote, Roger unsuccessfully tries to steal Mrs. Jones’s purse, but is quickly repaid with karma that sends him toppling down. As he rises, he is faced with the consequences of his actions. Mrs. Jones kicks him and grabs him by his shirt with a firm grip. She then realizes that his face is dirty. Upon offering to wash his face, Mrs. Jones also wants to take him home and feed him. So left with no choice, Roger goes unwilling to her house. While there, her unexpected generosity sends Roger an immediate message that he should not take advantage of her kindness and he shouldn’t lose her trust. As the tale goes on, Mrs.Jones explains to Roger that stealing is a bad thing and you can just ask for the money. To prove her point, Mrs. Jones gives Roger $10 to buy his shoes. The most significant yet confusing part of the story is, that after all the kindness that was bestowed upon him, Roger leaves without saying thank you.
Mrs. Jones can best be described as magnanimous and discerning. In other words, she is generous. For example, in the story it says, “Least i can do is wash your face. Are you hungry?” This shows that Mrs. Jones is not only willing to wash and feed the boy, she is potentially willing to forgive. That little piece of kindness may impact Roger’s life forever. In addition, she ...
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