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

The main external conflict is considered Man vs. Man (Woman) conflict between Roger and Mrs. Jones when he attempts to steal her purse and she defends herself. Another external conflict is a Man vs. Society conflict, which involves Roger's struggle to survive in an economically disadvantaged community. The primary internal conflict is Roger's struggle to decide whether or not to flee Mrs. Jones's home.

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Roger places himself in direct physical conflict with Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones when he tries to mug her. Unfortunately for him, Mrs. Jones is not a woman who is easily taken advantage of, and she uses this conflict as an opportunity to offer Roger some guidance in how he should treat people.

After dragging Roger to her house (which, it should be noted, he ultimately allows her to do), Mrs. Jones doesn't foster the conflict. Instead, she offers him a place to clean up, and after learning that he doesn't have anyone at home, she feeds the same boy who tried to rob her, even offering to...

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