In "Thank You M'am", a boy tries to steal a woman's purse. Instead of punishing him, she feeds him and gives him money to buy shoes.
Even if you do somethiong wrong in life, everyone deserves a second chance.
Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones's house
"Now, here, take this 10 dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes. And next time do not make the mistake of latching onto my pocket book nor nobody else's."
Thank You M'am
"Next time don't make the mistake of latching onto my purse or nobody else's, because shoes come by devilish like that will burn your feet."
"We all make mistakes, everybody should be given a second chance." Lailah Giffy Akita
Roger tries to steal Mrs Luella's pocket book
The setting is important to the theme because when she brought Roger to her house, she fed him. She could have just left him on the street but she didn't because she cared.
I think that the setting reveals the theme the best because I don't think this is in the twenty-first century, so it effects the theme. If you tried to steal a ladies purse this day and age, she probably would be that as nice of forgiving as Mrs. Luella was to Roger.
Roger tried to steal her purse but failed. Mrs. Luella took him to her house and taught him a lesson and also forgave him. The lesson she taught him will carry on with him for the rest of his life.
"It was about eleven o' clock at night, and she was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse... Least I can do right now is wash your face. Are you hungry?"
If the theme is to give people second chance, Roger had to have tried to steal her purse to trigger the conflict and learn his lesson about trying to steal things.