Who is Langston Hughes? Langston Hughes is an American poet, story writer, who was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. I like how knowing how old he is and where he’s from tells us that at the time joined living homes were very common for people in poverty like the one in the story, and what timeline this story took place in, which is the inspiration for the story.
So now that we know who Langston Hughes is, I will introduce and summarize what happens to the characters in “Thank You, Ma’am”. First, we are introduced to a big woman with a large purse, we later find out that her name is Mrs.Luella Bates Washington Jones and that she used to live in poverty and now lives in a shared home. The next character is a small boy 14-15 years old who was wearing tennis shoes and blue jeans, named Rodger. Basically to sum up the main events of the story. Rodger tried to steal the large lady’s purse and it was so heavy that he fell right over. The large women spare Rodger no mercy until she realized that he was taking the money for a pair of shoes because he can’t afford them. Mrs. Luella took Rodger to her home and offered him a meal and a little lesson about stealing. Rodger leaves her house with ten dollars in hand, a life lesson, and a clean face.
In the first sentence of the story suggests the tone will be humorous what other aspects might suggest this? Off the bat, the story introduces the large woman character with having a large purse “with everything in it but hammer and nails”, this sets a comical tone as well as when she is shakings him in the air by t-shirt. This is proven because of none of the bystanders trying to intervene.
Despite the light tone, the story deals with a serious subject. Which details in the story tell you that the purpose of the story is more serious? The serious undertone of the story is about poverty, this stands out when Rodger says that he didn’t mean to steal her purse, this part specifically made me ask a question in my head, “Did he take it to help at home?” The second part is where the large women after finding this part out are not mad, she understands him because she herself, in fact, was in poverty herself. She ended up giving him money, feeding him, and then sending him home.
Do you think that meeting Mrs. Jones will turn out to be a turning point in Roger’s life? I one-hundred percent think that Rodger learned a real lesson, like that he can make lots of money if he works hard and never to steal because of other peoples stories.
The kindest thing I’ve ever done for someone I know is when I was at my Cabin My mom started having a diabetic low, me and my grandma are the only ones there, and I ran four cabins down in bare feet on garvel to find people to help us lift her.
This story is a lot about how poverty can affect people. I related it to what we are learning about in social, how the YCJA focuses of Rehablitaion of young offenders and that’s like how Rodger got taught a lesson and set him out on the right track.