Mrs. Jones Schools Roger

Mar 19, 2015
by: MBalde

Mrs. Jones, the protagonist in “Thank You Ma’am,” by Langston Hughes has a few traits that influence her relationships with others.

One, she is kind. Two, she is strong. Three, she is generous.

These traits influence her relationships with others. For example, early in the story, "she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled.” Strength comes into play here when Roger tries to take her purse, but Mrs. Jones grabs him.

Throughout the whole story, Mrs. Jones, is basically schooling Roger. “The woman said, ‘You ought to be my son. I would teach you right from wrong. Least I can do right now is to wash your face. Are you hungry?’ ” Mrs. Jones's response here deepens a reader’s sense of her generosity, and sparks a feeling of being protected by a kind woman.

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Submitted by giselle on Fri, 2016-06-03 10:12.

SmileI like how you were able to show how you feel and see Mrs. Jones in the story. I also agree with you that Mrs. Jones was basically schooling Roger, and now I think Roger has acted like that because he doesn't have anyone in his life that is like Mrs. Jones. She is kind, protective and wise.