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by Langston Hughes

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What is a character sketch of Roger in "Thank You, M'am"? The answer should be illustrated.

A character sketch of Roger in "Thank You, M'am" should include a description of his physical appearance and personality. In the story, Roger is described as a frail teenager who is desperate, polite, and honest. Roger impulsively attempts to steal Mrs. Jones's purse and is surprised when she drags him home to give him a hot meal. Roger displays remorse for his actions and attempts to prove to Mrs. Jones that he is respectful and trustworthy.

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In Langston Hughes's celebrated short story "Thank You Ma'am," Roger is a young African American teenager who does not have enough money to buy a new pair of blue suede shoes and attempts to rob Mrs. Jones but does not succeed. Roger is described as "fourteen or fifteen, frail and willow-wild" boy who comes from a poor home in a depressed urban neighborhood.

After attempting to steal Mrs. Jones's purse, Mrs. Jones recognizes that Roger is economically disadvantaged and does not have a proper home. Mrs. Jones proceeds to exercise sympathy by dragging Roger to her house and offering him a homecooked dinner. Despite attempting to rob the unsuspecting Mrs. Jones, Roger is depicted as a polite, decorous young man, who tells Mrs. Jones "Yes'm" and "No'm."

Roger is also a sensitive, fearful teenager, who is afraid of being arrested. Roger's difficult decision of if he should run or stay illustrates his fear of being taken to jail. Fortunately, Roger decides to stay and proves that he is obedient...

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