Well, the way the author used the sentence ND the way the story is designed, I believe the purse is symbolically more than just a purse. How the purse has everything in it, I think that the emotional, gratitude part of the story is meant. When the author mentioned that everything was there but the hammer and nails, I believe the author is referring the hammer and nails as the harsh attitude and disgrace Mrs.. Jones might have. The purse is almost the way of describing Mrs.. Jones and her acts of sympathy, compassion, forgiveness, patience and sincerity she has to offer throughout the story. ) Moroseness is a woman of modest income. Three pieces from the text that how it: ” The boy could hear other roomers laughing and talking in the large house” found that an interesting piece to be given as an example that Mrs.. Jones is one with a modest income. With that piece of text, many assumptions could be made. It shows that Mrs.. Jones does not live alone so possibly, she could be renting out the space in her house, to make a benefit of all the rooms with a little added money. As well, she could also be living in an old age home, which is cheaper than owning a house alone.
The second point: Mrs.. Jones’ job. “As they ate, she told him about her job in a hotel beauty hop that stayed open late, what the work was like” found this section also having a connection to how she has a modest income. If she had the money than she would have been enrolled in school at her younger age and that could have lead her with a good high paying job. However, she works at a hotel beauty shop. In the beginning of the text, it mentions the time, which is eleven o’clock at night, so that could mean more possibilities that include her job as well her daily life.
For instance, she could be working double shifts, trying to make an income to support her living, as the beauty shop is opened ate, and it looks that Mrs.. Jones is returning home for dinner at such a late hour. The third point:” “Do you need somebody to go to the store” asked the boy,” maybe to get some milk or something? ” “Don’t believe do,” said the woman, “unless you just want sweet milk yourself. I was going to make cocoa out of this canned milk got here. ” chose this as one of my supporting reasons that Mrs.. Jones has a modest income and that during the end of the story when she gave Roger $10, that it was a sacrifice.
I selected this portion of the text because Roger had offered to go to the store for milk, however Mrs.. Jones refused saying that she already had canned milk. In my opinion, fresh liquid milk is more preferred than canned milk, however canned milk is cheaper than the normal milk sold in cartons or bags. That detail might be a huge component to why giving Roger $10 would be a sacrifice because it would mean that she is on a budget, and even when it comes to her needs, or food and drinks and living conditions are also budgeted and so for her to give out $10 would be a big deal. 3) When Roger enters Mrs.. Jones room, she leaves the door open.
I think she did that for a few reasons. First, when they enter the room, Mrs.. Jones tells Roger to go wash his face, at that moment she lets him go. The door was wide open. However, Roger continued to head towards the sink, to wash his face. Perhaps at that moment Mrs.. Jones realized that if he really wanted to leave, he could have ran once she let him go. However, Roger continued to follow her instructions. She probably knew, or sensed that Roger was a lower class liver, perhaps he was poor, or had no money, or no family, or maybe she got that sense at the very beginning when he tried to steal he pocketbook.
As well, think that she left the door open cause she had the feeling that Roger needed the comfort Mrs.. Jones was offering him. For example, water to wash his face, a clean towel, food, perhaps even a shelter for that time he was there. Another possibility could have been if Mrs.. Jones thought about it, she would have to let him go eventually, if he would have to run now, than she would not have to deal with anything later, and even if he stayed as he did, he still eventually would go when Mrs.. Jones had accomplished dealing with Roger. 4) Rorer’s face is dirty, and Mrs..
Jones offers him to use the sink to wash his face as well as a clean towel. The warm water element adds in my opinion a sense of comfort and warmth. I think the point Hughes is trying to say, is the concept of purity and cleanness. Relate this topic to in the bible, at the last supper, of the washing of the feet. It reminds me of that moment because just like Roger, the disciples needed to have a better attitude, and refresh their start. The need to have a heart and come clean of the wrong they have done. That is also like Rorer’s situation. Perhaps not the same mistakes were made, but somewhat around the same idea.
The concept is to be cleaned, purified and forgiven of the wrong you have done. Which I believe is what Mrs. Jones had done; she forgave Roger for the wrong choices he had made. 5) The contrast: Mrs. Jones and Roger are very different people, physically; however still the same in a sensible way. Mrs. Jones is an older aged large woman, compared to a young teenaged frail boy. What is interesting is that Roger and Mrs.. Jones have their own way of thinking and their own state of mind. However when the two connect and discuss the situation that Roger was in, Mrs.. Jones had that deep connection with Roger. Aside from her appearance, Mrs..
Jones opens up to Roger and actually tells him that she has en in his position before and that she has experienced something similar to Rorer’s situation, which is that she wanted something she could not get. I think Hughes is trying to say that appearance is not everything. It relates to that metaphor, do not judge a book by its cover. Well, at the begging Mrs.. Jones seemed really upset and angry with Roger, because all she wanted to do was go home, make herself something to eat and rest, however Roger complicated her schedule. There even was a moment where Roger asked Mrs.. Jones if she was going to take him to jail. Mrs..
Jones did seem very mean t the beginning of the story, however as we progressed, we came to realize that Mrs.. Jones is sincere and she has a nice heart despite her appearance. 6) Moroseness fulfills the temporary role of a mother to Roger. In the text, many areas show the mother figure that Mrs.. Jones is providing. For instance, to start with, she calls him “boy” or “son”. Another point is on the third page, Mrs.. Jones says, “You ought to be my son. Would teach you right from wrong. Least I could do right now is wash your face. Are you hungry? ” Just that sentence alone sounds a lot like what a mother figure would say to their child. Mrs..