What are your values? Everyone has different values. In the Born Worker Jose values hard work and responsibility. Where as in Mother to Son the mom values perseverance and never giving up. Even though each character has a hard life, they each have values that will shape them for the better.
In Mother to Son, the mom talks to her son about trying to give her son a better life. She tells him that he should never give up no matter what. Stanza 17 says"Don't you fall now-" This shows the mom values perseverence and doesn't want her son giving up and falling down when he has the strength to keep go
In the Born Worker, Jose wants to be responsible while Arnie doesn't do anything to help and when mr. clemens gets injured he is the one to stay and care for him.
Both stories talk how they want their values. The characters have different values but they want the values to help create a better life for them. The characters want to be sure they can change their life.