In "Thank You, M'am, " by Langston Hughes, are the surprising developments of the plot consistent with the character of Mrs. Jones?A good writer makes events in a story occur plausibly. The action...

In "Thank You, M'am, " by Langston Hughes, are the surprising developments of the plot consistent with the character of Mrs. Jones?

A good writer makes events in a story occur plausibly. The action should be consistent with the characters; if the author forces them into uncharacteristic behavior in order to advance the plot, the story will seem artificial.

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No doubt, Mrs. Jones is a believable character and consistent in her determination. She is a mother figure. She treats Roger like she would her own son. She does not put up with back talk or sass. She is a strict, disciplinarian type. She does not allow Roger to even think about ever stealing again.

The surprising developments of the plot are indeed consistent with the characterization of Mrs. Jones. Mrs. Jones is familiar with the streets. She is tough and prepared. She does not flinch. She is unwilling to give up her purse. When Roger jerks at her purse, he and the purse fall to the ground:

'The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in his blue jeaned sitter.'

Mrs. Jones is a fighter. She will survive. She understands what it takes to survive the streets late at night. She is tough. She is persistent. She teaches Roger a valuable lesson, one that he will never forget. Mrs. Jones purposely tests Roger by leaving her purse in his reach. She also leaves the door open. Roger can run if he so desires. Mrs. Jones has already made such a striking impression on Roger until he does not desire to disappoint her further:

Then, leaving him alone by her purse and the open door, she steps behind a screen to warm lima beans and ham on her gas plate. The boy does not run; he does not want to be mistrusted.

This fact speaks volumes about the strong, consistent character of Mrs. Jones. In only a few minutes in Roger's presence, she makes such a difference in Roger's life. He will never forget Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. She has made a lasting impression on Roger. No doubt, he is forever changed by Mrs. Jones's integrity. Mrs. Jones's good character is consistent with the surprising plot.

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