What are the literary elements in "Thank you M'am" by Langston Hughes?

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The point of view from which the story is told is third-person objective. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the story's events and can only tell us what is visible (not what any characters are thinking or feeling). With this kind of narrator, readers must infer how characters feel or what motivates them because the narrator does not tell us.

The conflict of the story is of the character vs. character variety: Mrs. Jones vs. Roger. Roger tries to steal Mrs. Jones's purse, and she forces him to come back to her house with her so that she can make him wash his face and eat a good dinner. Mrs. Jones feels a lot of sympathy for Roger and exercises a great deal of compassion by giving him the money he wanted (and for which he tried to steal her purse) to buy a pair of blue suede shoes.

The shoes seem to serve as a symbol . A symbol is often an object, but it can be a color, character, or even a situation that carries both a literal and a figurative meaning. The blue suede shoes,...

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