Persuasive Essay

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Persuasive Essay

“Shame” by Dick Gregory is a story about a young boy (Richard) who got humiliated as a kid trying to impress a girl at his school. He wanted to be like other kids at his school, but he couldn't because he was poor. “Thank You, Ma'am” by Langston Hughes is a story about a little boy (Roger) who thought he had to steal his way through life until he met a large lady (Luella Bates) he tried to steal from changed his life. While the two characters are different in that they have different problems. They are also similar in that they both are poor, have been embarrassed, and they are being raised by single parents.

The differences in these two short stories is that in “Shame” the young boy named Richard had a job
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“We are collecting this money for you and your kind”(Gregory n.pag.) the little boy was embarrassed because the kids collected money for his kind meaning poor. The little boys also grew up in single parent homes. (2) “There’s nobody home at my house,”. Rogers parent must have been at work, but he had at least one parent where in “Shame” they explained that Richard didn't have a father at home.(Gregory n.pag.) "We know you don't have a daddy." Although Richard tried to say he had an parent the teacher and everyone else knew he was lying and he made the little girl he liked cry cause she felt bad for him.

In conclusion, The youngs boys learned valuable lesson even though they're different they are similar, because they learned lessons from females. (Gregory n.pag.) “Helene Tucker turned around, her eyes full of tears. She felt sorry for me. Then I couldn't see her too well because I was crying, too”. The boy’s life was changed in a good way all because of what the teacher said to him that one day in class. It motivated him to earn his own money and allos to be something in life. “The boy wanted to say something else other than “Thank you, m’am” to Mrs. Luella Bates.” Roger realized he didn't have to steal in order to get whar he want in life which is the moral of both

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