As he turns to look at Mrs. The boy could hear other roomers laughing and talking in the large house. The woman still had him by the neck in the middle of her room. Jones further illustrates her generosity by giving him what he was trying to steal from her, but not without a lesson: 'Now, here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes. That's particularly unfortunate because not only is it a great example of the short story form in general, it's also one of those important short stories that carries great social value and has the ability to teach and instruct its readers. Jones ends up treating him with compassion by feeding him, enlightening him, and giving him money. The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in his blue-jeaned sitter.
There are also several indicators that this story takes place in a city rather than a small town, and in the North rather than the South. After they read the first two paragraphs I ask them to stop and I model answering the first question on the by facilitating a group discussion using Accountable Talk stems. Roger tried to steal but was stopped and, surprisingly, treated with kindness and love. But she bent down enough to permit him to stoop and pick up her purse. Writing Read the writing ideas that follow. Could you make a case to support that idea? While we never learn about the terrible thing Mrs. They meet every Tuesday at 7:00 a.
Then add the past participle, as shown in the following examples: I haven't gone shopping. By bringing Roger home and allowing him to clean himself up Mrs Jones is also allowing Roger to keep his dignity. Perhaps even a third reason is Langston Hughes wants his readers to create their own ending, and, if he had made the boy say thank you, it would make too tidy a package and not leave with something to think about. He knows that there is no reason to run anymore not from himself or from other people or his problems. But the boy took care to sit on the far side of the room, away from purse, where he thought she could easily see him out of the corner of her eye if she wanted to. Please use specific examples from the text to support your thoughts. He wrote about African-American life and experience.
Jones shows trust in Roger G — Mrs. For example, sentence 1 would read: It hadn't begun to rain before we arrived at the stadium. In this situation Roger represents man and the people in his house represent society. This story is about a boy who tries to steal a lady's purse but doesn't succeed in doing so and while running falls down and gets caught. When I get through with you, sir, you are going to remember Mrs. In this story, the conflict begins when a boy wants to buy new shoes.
Roger changes very much throughout the story. Those images stuck in my head, and made think about what things were like during that time the photos were probably from the 1920s and 1930s. No I'm not talking about love as in Cindrella. Have you ever read a story that conflicts confused you? He think she could easily see him. Is it better in life to tell someone what they should do or show them through actions? Then she shut the door. Application Irregular verbs in the story These sentences are taken from Hughes's story. Sponge Activity For those students who complete the Reading Guide questions before the end of class, they are asked to write a letter from Roger, as a grown man, telling the effect the incident with Mrs.
Maybe you ain't been to your supper either, late as it be. Departing further from the literary analysis, I have some additional thoughts related to this story. And your face is dirty. The woman did not ask the boy anything about where he lived, or his folks, or anything else that would embarrass him. Roger was cleaned and received good service by Mrs. And he did not want to be mistrusted now. The author may have chosen not to allow him to say anything because the point had been made.
I thought Thank You Ma'am was a good story because it was teaching a good lesson on how not to steal. I first explain that the use of dialect is an integral part of the story. Though Hughes doesn't explicitly state what the setting of the story is, there are some clues that indicate the general place and time period. Jones to get money to buy the blue suede shoes. Jones went out of her way to be kind to Roger? Write a different ending to the story. I love the line from Mrs.
Jones takes Roger in and cleans and feeds him, and teaches him a very valuable lesson by treating him with this kind of forgiveness. By explaining the crime -- it's out of a child's impoverished necessity -- and humanizing the characters, he makes us understand that Roger is not a bad kid as much as he is a kid trapped in difficult circumstances. Time: Past X Present Future 2. Which shows an inner strength within Mrs Jones. I think that the woman lives with many people because the story adds that the boy could hear other roomers laughing and talking. He died of prostate cancer in 1967, but his work continues to be popular all over the world.