Rick Reilly's Short Story 'Thank You, Ma' Am

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other's opinions drown out of your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow you're heart and intuition,” (Steve Jobs). You should do the right thing and never give up. A common theme in literature is that the worst times bring out the best of people. This common theme in literature is seen in the commentary “Doing the Right Thing” by Rick Reilly, the poem “The Road not Taken” by Robert Frost, and the short story “Thank you Ma’am” by Langston Hughes. After reading all three of the texts it is evident that your own confidence, the affection of…show more content…
In the short story “Thank you, Ma’am” a boy named Roger tried to steal a purse from a big woman named Mrs.Jones, but she grabbed him and took him to her home to teach him a lesson about right and wrong. The person that did the right thing was Mrs.Jones. Some evidence from the text to back up that Mrs.Jones did the right thing is, “You ought to be my son. I would teach you right from wrong,” (Hughes 15). My evidence explains that Mrs.Jones took Roger to her home to teach Roger what he should do in life, and what he should not do in life. Just what gave Mrs. Jones the courage to do the right thing? What gave Mrs. Jones the courage to do right thing in this situation was that she had done something like Roger has done, and wanted Roger to pass through it better than she did. Evidence to back this up would be, “I have done things too, which I will not tell you son-neither God, if he didn’t already know,” (Hughes 35). This evidence explains that Mrs.Jones and everyone else had done something bad in their lives, and Mrs. Jones wants Roger to pass through it better than she did, and to encourage other people to do the right thing in bad situations during your or anyone else…show more content…
You need to make the choice that will benefit you in your own life. In the poem “The Road not Taken” a traveler or speaker however you want to call him has two roads or paths in to go down. One road most people took because they think that their are “a lot of people their let's follow them”. Then there is another road or path that a lot of people didn’t take. The person that did the right thing was the speaker. Some evidence that explains that the speaker did the right thing is, “ Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,” (Frost 4). My evidence show that the speaker has thought about this more and saw that most people took the other road not even thinking about the path that their are going on, but the speaker thought about it and how that path would affect his life so that is why he chose to take the path that he took. The speaker found the courage to do the right thing from the road or path that less people are taking. Some evidence to back this up would be, “Then I took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear,” (Frost 2). My evidence explains that the other road was the road that had way less people had been taking. Also the speaker wanted to make his choice for his own life. He didn’t want someone to make the choice for
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