I honestly believe that this is a wonderful story.
Sunday, February 1, Short Story Review: I want to thank everyone that has come here to Caponomics and has read what I had to say. Since posting more about literature, I have seen a strength in viewership for some select reviews of mine, especially for the short stories and poems. Today is what would have been Langston Hughes' th birthday, as he was born on February 1, Hughes is one of my favorite American poets who has written in the 20th century, because his poetry is so honest to the point that he knows what is going on in the world around him and wishes that everyone should just be viewed the same.
Being a black poet that was active in the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes' material was reflective of the black struggle. My personal favorite is "Theme From English B," where he tells a story in the poetic format about when he had to write a paper for his white professor.
The work that sticks out to me the most, however, is his short story "Thank You, Ma'am. There are spoilers in this review. If you would like to read the story first, go ahead and do so before coming back to this review.
Luella Bates Washington Jones is a bigger woman walking home when a teenage boy named Roger makes an attempt to snatch her purse and run. His attempt fails and he topples over.
Jones gets a hold of him after hitting him around and confronts him immediately. She makes the decision to take him to her house and do something to him that he will never forget.
When they arrive at her house, one would get the impression that she would whack him a little more until she decided to call the police and take him away. Instead, she insists that he wash his face and then convince him to stay and eat.
Roger comes off as being uneasy throughout the story and his nerves convince him to race to the door and run as far away from the situation as possible, but he continues to do as he is told. He also learns that Mrs.
Jones though there is no mention of her husband, we can only assume that one of these names was a maiden name was not the greatest person with how she admits that there are things she would not even say to God.
Of course, this should be viewed metaphorically. After they finish eating, Mrs.
Jones gives Roger ten dollars to "buy those blue suede shoes he wanted" and warns him not to steal her or anyone else's purses. As she sees Roger out of the house, he wants to say more than just "thank you, ma'am," but cannot even bring himself to say that.
The reason that this story is so powerful is that it drives home the idea of "killing someone with kindness. If she were to immediately call the police on him, it is assumed that he would have entered a cycle to which he would continue to do more harm to himself and those around him than good.
By giving him what he needed to wash up and food to fill him up, she made him realize that is an element of life behind the strangers you come across, and it could create a feeling of guilt to the fact that stealing your way to what you need is not the right decision.
By the end of the story, while Roger did not have to courage to tell her how her actions made him feel, they did stick with him and create a sense of appreciation.
An assumption can be made that the central characters in this piece, Mrs. This is, however, only an assumption. There is no mention in this novel regarding the race of either Mrs. Jones or Roger, so while it is likely that this is a novel about struggles among black people, this could not be confirmed.
In fact, the ideas that come about in this story can be attributed to any individual, regardless of their background. The idea against stealing in order to get what you want or need is never the ideal solution at any point in time and while you may not get caught the first, second, or during the several attempts at doing so, getting caught is inevitable and once one gets caught stealing, the consequences are brutal.
For Roger, theft came with a wakeup call from someone who showed him what a victim of attempted theft looked and acted like. These people are just as human as the people that one knows personally.
The idea of "killing one with kindness" is also a moral that could be attributed to everybody, because Langston Hughes did not see issues being directly confined to one race. This is an example to which performing a kind deed to someone who did something scornful is far more powerful than finding a way to punish that person.
By doing something kind, there is a good chance that one may second guess what they did, which will develop feelings of guilt, regret, and from there, feelings of empathy. Of course, this is not always the case, but in more cases than not, acts of kindness outweigh acts of justification or seeking revenge.
When you feel it is in your interest to seek the latter, it just takes a thought of realizing that in that particular occasion, circumstances will do that instead. The former will often prove effective and create what could be the best possible wakeup call. Langston Hughes is a writer than has been successful at developing emotions that anyone could relate to.
While he is often identified as a poet of black struggles, I see him as a writer and poet that evoked an emotion in a way that very few could. I would highly encourage the reading of one or more of his poems or short stories.Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes.
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It is very difficult to desire things in life and not be able to afford them. “Thank You Ma’am” and “Marigolds” are two fictional short stories that focus on two young teens.
“Thank You Ma’am” was written by Langston Hughes. He was born February 1, In Joplin, Missouri and was an African-American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist.
In this scene, he “wanted to say something other than, ‘Thank you, mam’ to Mrs. Luella Washington Jones” (Hughes). He thinks that the phrase “Thank you, mam” is too ordinary to express to Mrs. Jones his feeling filled with gratitude toward her. Most importantly, thank you for showing me right from wrong, for encouraging me in my walk of faith, and for teaching me the value of respect not only for others, but for myself as well.
Thank you for teaching me the importance of hard work, and the essence of the American Dream.