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What is the conflict in "Thank You, M'am"?  

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man1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 12, 2009 at 9:31 AM via web

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What is the conflict in "Thank You, M'am"?


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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted July 2, 2009 at 11:19 PM (Answer #1)

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There are several different conflicts present in this story. The first and most pronounced is the human v. human conflict between Ms. Washington and Roger. He tries to steal her purse and she drags him home to feed him. Roger is worried throughout the story if she is going to hurt him!

Also there is human v. self in the sense that Roger struggles with the decision of whether to stay in the small apartment or make a run for it. Also, Ms. Washington is also struggling to come to terms with her own past--she too was a troublemaker when she was Roger's age.

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