In the story, Roger is much younger than Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones and lacks a support system, which is why he is dirty, unfed, and desperate enough to try to steal Mrs. Jones's purse. Roger is also naïve and reckless. As a fifteen-year-old boy, Roger believes that the easiest...
In the story, Roger is much younger than Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones and lacks a support system, which is why he is dirty, unfed, and desperate enough to try to steal Mrs. Jones's purse. Roger is also naïve and reckless. As a fifteen-year-old boy, Roger believes that the easiest way to buy a pair of blue suede shoes is to rob a random woman walking down the street. Roger lacks foresight, is not concerned about his future, and is simply trying to satisfy his desires. He is also selfish and does not consider how his actions affect others.
Mrs. Jones is much older and wiser than Roger. She also has more stability in her life and works to acquire her money. Unlike Roger, Mrs. Jones is selfless and has the ability to view situations from another person's perspective. Mrs. Jones is also more understanding than Roger and recognizes that he needs support and charity. Unlike Roger, Mrs. Jones recognizes the importance of giving instead of taking and invites him to her home.
Although Roger and Mrs. Jones are dramatically different, they share some similar attributes. Both Mrs. Jones and Roger are the same race, live in the inner city, and come from unstable homes. They both have done illegal things in their lives and made reckless decisions before. Mrs. Jones and Roger are both courageous individuals who are not afraid of conflict: Roger tries to rob a random woman, and Mrs. Jones immediately grabs her attacker. They also value comfort, stability, and security. Roger feels safe inside of Mrs. Jones's home and stays for dinner instead of running out the front door. Mrs. Jones and Roger also show concern for others. Mrs. Jones demonstrates sympathy by taking Roger home, and Roger tries to be helpful by asking to go to the store for her.