Thank You Ma'am Smore

By Kiarra Randall


Imagery is visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.

"She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but a hammer and nails."

By having that text from the passage a clear description was given of Mrs. Jones. Therefore imagery is detailed descriptions that makes it easy to visualize.

Another is when they said "He looked as if he were fourteen or fifteen, frail and willow-wild, in tennis shoes and jeans" for the description given of Roger is a similar concise.


Conflict is a serious disagreement or argument. In the story was a boy named roger and he didn't know what was coming for him & would turn into a life lesson. In the story the conflict is, Roger tries to steal Mrs. Jones’s purse to get money for a pair of blue suede shoes. Instead of calling the police, she

takes him home with her, talks to him, feeds him dinner, and then gives him ten dollars for the shoes. Mrs. Jones chose to see the good in Roger rather than to treat him as a criminal.


Tone is a literary compound of composition, which encompasses the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work.The tone in "Thank You, M'am" is informally conversational. Hughes is not trying to impress anybody he is just trying to tell his story in a straightforward, simple way, like you might hear in a regular conversation.

This tone is obvious in some of the phrases he uses, once he said “the being-dragged boy” because Mrs. Jones has overpowered roger


Mood is a temporary state of mind or feeling. The mood of Langston Hughes’ short story “Thank You, M’am” is hopeful. Because it goes from roger stealing and barely making it by, to meeting Mrs. Jones who was just like him when she was young who is making it by and has money and a place to stay. Just by meeting her and having her caring for him ,feeding him,talking to him has inspired him to do better & learn how to love, respect, and engage with others which makes him and her hopeful for his life without her and the lesson he learned.