I made this poem from the short story “Thank you M’am” by Langston Hughes. This story is about a boy who tried to take a lady’s purse but got caught instead. The conflict was that the lady didn’t turn him in and was super kind to him. That taught him a lesson and made him realize he shouldn’t steal.
I think the internal conflict in Thank you M’am occurs when Roger was deciding if he should run away or not. The short story begins when Roger tried to take a woman’s bag (Mrs. Jones) . He was caught by Mrs. Jones, but she didn’t turn him in. She treated him with kindness, which caused him to feel conflicted. I think this is the internal conflict because if Mrs. Jones didn’t treat her with kindness, he would have ran away. First of all, he could have ran away when the door was open but didn’t. In the story, “the door was open. He could make a dash for it down the hall. He could run, run, run, run, run!” This was further shown in my second evidence which said, “Roger looked at the door-looked at the women-looked at the door- and went to the sink.” This shows that Roger had the time to contemplate escaping. He was pausing to think if he should or not and he’s also thinking about his actions and Mrs. Jones’ particular reaction. The last evidence is when he could have taken the purse but he didn’t want to be mistrusted. The text said “ He did not trust the woman not to trust him. And he did not want to be mistrusted now.” In the Beginning, Roger would not think twice to steal but now because of Mrs. Jones’s actions, he thinks differently.