Thank You, M Am, By Langston Hughes

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Had you done something wrong to someone and then you were helped by her or him instead of punishment? Maybe they’ve seen potential in you instead of seen trouble in you. In other word, they have trusted you for some unknown and essential reasons. The short story “Thank You, M’am” evoked by Langston Hughes centered around a young street thief named Roger, who attempted to steal a woman’s (Mrs. Jones') purse, but failed to do so when he has lost his balance. Instead of grab him to the police station or beat him up, Mrs. Jones brought him to her home to take care of him, trusted him, and also helped him to learn that stealing isn’t a great thing to do and reminded him that if next time he still does this, he’ll surely receive a punishment. Throughout the short story…show more content…
Hughes expressed how the character learned from his mistake when Mrs. Jones said “ I were young once and I wanted things I could not get… I have done things, too, which I would not tell you, son-neither tell God… So you set down while I fixed us something to eat. You might run that comb through your hair so you will look presentable” [67]. Roger then replied back “ Do you need somebody to go to the store… maybe to get some milk or something? ”[67]. He also dialogues with himself that he didn’t want to be mistrusted now. The woman had took care of him and helped him with his mistake instead of punished him, which means that she had put her trust to him. The fact he replied back asking if she need to buy something and also said to himself that he didn’t want her to mistrusted him inform that he had studied his mistake and wanted to prove that. The author wants to give the message that the learning from your wrongdoings is the action of verifying that you could be trusted, and trustworthy is one of the great traits that you should have for it could be used to avoid punishments, whether physically or
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