Thank You Ma Am Analysis

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Everyone grows up differently. People grow up in different environments. Where people live have an effect on them. This is shown in the two texts: the story “Thank You M’am” by Langston Hughes and the song “m.A.A.d City” by rapper Kendrick Lamar. “Thank You M’am” depicts a young man named Roger who resorts to stealing and committing crimes, which leads him to Mrs.Jones. She gets attacked by Roger, but to his surprise, he gets beat up by her. Unlike most people, she takes him in and teaches him some life lessons. On the other hand, “m.A.A.d City” depicts Kendrick Lamar himself growing up around murderers and drug dealers all throughout his childhood. Furthermore, he shows himself trying to get away from that type of life. Whether you’re born into a rich family or a poor one, the people and places surrounding you in your youth have a lasting impact on who you are and what type of decisions you make. The theme shared between both of these texts is that where you grow up has a lasting effect on who you are. In “Thank You M’am” Roger must have come from a relatively poor neighborhood, if he has to go around robbing people,…show more content…
In “Thank You M’am”, Langston Hughes shows Roger’s internal mental struggles as a way to show the reasons he didn’t just leave. Throughout Roger’s whole time at Mrs.Jones’ house, he has a wide open opportunity to leave, however he does not. This is due to Roger being treated like this for the first time. It seems that no one in his life has taught him right from wrong, and as I said previously he might not have any parents or role models. In the text is said, “The door was open. He could make a dash for it down the hall. He could run, run, run, run, run!” (Hughes 2). He does not leave because he is finally being cared for probably one of the first times in his life. It isn’t everyday that a robber gets taught life lessons by the person they attempted to

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