Thank You Ma’am Review
The story that I chose for review is Thank You Ma’am. The story shows the desperation of a young boy for something that he does not have, and the heart of a woman willing to take the time to teach him a lesson that will stay with him for the rest of his life.
The plot of the story is a woman walking home alone when a young boy tries to snatch her purse. During the attempt the young boy falls to ground because of the weight of the purse combined with his body weight throwing him off balance. The woman then grabs the young boy and takes him home, where she has him wash his face, feeds him, teaches him a lesson, and gives him the money that he was after in the first place.
The characters in this story are the young boy whose name is Roger and the woman whose name is Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. The setting of the story starts on a dark street at about eleven o’clock at night and then shifts to the apartment of Mrs. Jones.
The way dialogue is used in this story is in a back and forth conversation between Roger and Mrs. Jones. It starts with her talking to him as she was taking him to her apartment and him asking to be let go to them talking about why he had done what he had done. The dialogue of the young boy showed his fear at first of what she may do to him, but then turned to respect for her by answering with respect, the questions that she had for him. The dialogue of the woman showed her willingness to help the young boy to see that what he had done was wrong but also to help him to achieve his goal of obtaining the shoes that he wanted but in a legal and respectable fashion.
The story Thank You Ma’am is written in the third person omniscient, which means that the narrator is all knowing of the situations in the story, to include the feelings and thoughts of the characters. The voice that I hear in the story is a voice of teaching, meaning there was a moral to the story. The moral that I received from reading the...