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Short Story Comparison by Mind Map: Short Story Comparison

1. Thank you Ma'am

1.1. Plot

1.1.1. Exposition Roger snatches purse from lady. "It was about 11 o'clock at night and she was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse."(pg. 72)

1.1.2. Rising Action Roger fails to get the purse, lady snatches it back. "Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front and shook him till his teeth rattled"(pg.72)

1.1.3. Climax At Mrs. Jones house, Roger has the chance to escape when the front door was open, but instead chooses to stay for the lesson that Mrs.Jones had to give afterwards. The reason he tried to steal the purse was because of the blue suede shoes. The boy turned around wondering what was next. The door was open. He could make a run for it down the hall. He could run, run, run, run! (pg.74)

1.1.4. Falling Action Lady takes Roger home, feeds him, cares for him, and tells him not to do this again. Next time do not make the mistake of latching onto my pocketbook nor nobody elses"( pg. 75)

1.1.5. Resolution Roger is happy, fed and understands not to steal again. "Shoes got by devilish ways will burn your feet. From here on in son, I hope you will behave yourself."(pg. 75) "Here, take these ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes."(pg. 75)

1.2. Characters

1.2.1. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones Strong "She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but a hammer and nails." (pg 72) Caring There are many passages that show that Mrs. Jones is caring. Understanding " I have done things too, which I would not tell you son-neither tell God, if He didn't already know"(pg. 75)

1.2.2. Roger Afraid Ain't you got nobody home to tell you to wash your face? " No'm" said the boy." Then it will get washed this evening" said the large woman starting up the street, dragging the frightened boy behind her.(pg.73) Desperate He is desperate because he doesn't have a family, nor does he have money or food, therefore he followed the wrong path and decided to attempt to steal Mrs. Jones purse.

1.3. Setting

1.3.1. 11:00 pm

1.3.2. The streets

1.3.3. Mrs. Jones house

1.4. Theme

1.4.1. Poverty

1.4.2. Couragous

1.5. Point of View

1.5.1. Third Person: Narrarator

1.6. Conflict

1.6.1. Poor boy Roger, snatches the lady's purse in order to get money to buy blue suede shoes but ends up getting caught by the lady.

1.6.2. Character vs. Self Roger vs himself When he had the chance to run away when the front door was open, he was conflicting between himself either to run out or stay. (pg.74)

1.6.3. Character vs. Character Mrs. Jones and Roger when Roger tried to steal Mrs. Jones purse.

1.7. Literary Devices

1.7.1. Personification "Sweat popped out on the boy's face and he began to struggle" (pg.74)

1.7.2. Situational Irony "Now here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes."(pg. 75) This is situational irony, because we wouldn't expect this to happen after Roger tried snatching Mrs. Jones purse.

1.7.3. Hyperbole "You a lie!"(pg.72) This is a hyperbole because you cannot actually be a lie, therefore this is a hyperbole.

2. Both of these Short Stories are very similar and have things that are incredibly common with each other.

2.1. Plot

2.1.1. the plot is basically the same because both involve a boy who is poor and decides stealing is a better idea than asking for some food.

2.2. Characters

2.2.1. The characters a basically the same as well: with there being two main characters.

2.3. Moral

2.3.1. the moral of the story is similar too; not to steal and rather ask.

2.4. Theme

2.4.1. The theme of the story is also very similar: kindness and understanding. Both Mrs. Jones and Kate were calm and understanding about the situation. Instead of assuming anything, they gave them a talk which made them understand.

3. Coffee, Snacks, Worms

3.1. Plot

3.1.1. Exposition The main characters are Kate, Jeff Hodges and and a boy with a knife.

3.1.2. Rising Action Kate begins to handle the restaurant while her Mother takes Jimmy to the dentist.

3.1.3. Climax While Kate is handling the store, A boy with a knife comes into the store, demanding for money.

3.1.4. Resolution Kate explains to him that stealing is bad; and gives him all the food he want

3.1.5. Falling Action The boy leaves unarmed and fulfilled, with everyone happy in the end.

3.2. Theme

3.2.1. Kindness

3.3. Characters

3.3.1. Kate Creative The story starts off with her day dreaming and making up a whole story in her head. Helpful She warns the boy to put the knife down, because he is not going to have any benefit from robbing the place. Kind despite the boy holding her up with a knife, she begins to make him a sandwich."

3.3.2. Boy with knife desperate The boy was desperate because he had no money, food or a family that could take care of him so he was desperate to try to rob the restaurant. determined The boy is determined to rob the money from the restaurant, even though he has no idea what he is doing.

3.4. Setting

3.4.1. Place Ontario

3.4.2. Time Afternoon, around 3-4 p.m

3.5. Point of View

3.5.1. third person, narrarator.

3.6. Conflict

3.6.1. Character vs. Character The boy with the knife vs Kate

3.7. Literary Devices

3.7.1. Simile "A crummy little garage and snack bar, sitting all alone like an unwelcome wart on the side of a dusty Ontario highway"

3.7.2. Imagery "The cliff edge crumbled under her feet, and far below her the sea crashed against the jagged, pointed rocks in an insane fury."(pg.87)"

3.7.3. Hyperbole "It was the most boring life in the whole world. It was the most boring place in the whole world."(pg.