OR

stay logged in   forgot password?

Please wait... Blue_on_grey_spinner

Public Documents and Comments

Public Documents can be seen and commented on by everyone (most NowComment documents are private, invitation-only).

Recently Uploaded Public Documents

Recent Comments on Public Documents

profile_photo
Feb 24

This theme of collective age is prominent throughout the entire piece. When you turn 11 you are all your past ages and selves in a sense, when you cry you become 3 again and when you get to the smart 11 is only when you’ve turned 12. As one might progress past age 11 you will consistently also hold these past years and ages.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Within the first paragraph I found a very important deeper meaning I believe the writer was trying to make. She makes mention to the expectance of feeling older on ones birthday, but one never feels any older. I believe this to be true since one can only truly feel older when the world around them has changed from what they remember, which usually does not become recognizable to the person until it has been decades.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I can relate to this. Every year growing up when my birthday came close I was expecting it to be a big deal, but then the day finally came and I didn’t feel any different.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Yes I agree with you that he felt bad after the fact, but it is after got caught. It is easy to feel bad for your wrong doings after you get caught.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I agree that Mrs. Luella wanted to teach Roger a valuable lesson. It is a very important note to make though that Mrs. Luella made mention to her past experiences that she was not proud of. This gives the lesson she was trying to teach Roger more meaningful in the way that she is choosing to show him how to choose ‘right’ over ‘wrong’, since someone wasn’t their for her, in her younger years, to teacher her this lesson.

profile_photo
Feb 24

The feeling of turning a year older hits you when you have another birthday. Sometimes we forget that we grow old.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I agree with Ella in regards to finding the theme of “Thank you Ma’am,” by Langston Hughes. Mrs. Jones expresses empathy and gives pity to Roger, even stating, “I have done things, too, which I would not tell you, son-neither tell God, if he didn’t already know.” She is able to understand Roger’s situation because she too made mistakes she’s not proud of. She takes him in, feeds him, and hopes he would learn from his mistakes.

profile_photo
Feb 24

We all have moments where we want to cower down or just go home and let the situation be over with. This is what is occurring here with Rachel. She is in a situation she is extremely uncomfortable in and is counting down the minutes until it is over.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Even though Roger previously tried to steal her pocketbook, Luella still left Roger unattended with her purse, signifying she trusts him now they have shared similar pasts. Roger also doesn’t run, which shows he is more comfortable than he was a first, establishing his trust with Mrs. Bates.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I agree she could have went about it a different way, and it would have made everything much worse, by yelling st him, but instep she was calm, and very nice.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Yes, I agree it could even put some kids in danger when adults will not listen to their problems.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Perhaps Mrs. Jones can relate to Roger in some way, she may have been poor like roger and tried to steal things when she was younger. Because of this she feels pity for Roger and wants to help him.

profile_photo
Feb 24

She just assumes that it is the kids sweater. What if it isn’t, the teacher won’t listen to her. I understand the feeling of always being wrong. We are always told that we are wrong and our parents or teachers are right. That’s how it has always been anymore.

profile_photo
Feb 24

It is just like each year inside of the next one. You are still 1,2,3,10 and so on. That dose not leave you, its just a number change.

profile_photo
Feb 24

You grow up and yet you don’t, you do still stay the same person as you grow. I’m 17 but really I am just 16. WE all still cry like we are young, and get our feelings hurt like we are 7. It’s how life is.

profile_photo
Feb 24

The more learned a valuable lesson from Mrs.Jones. He needed shoes, so he thought stealing was the best option for him. She taught him different as we can see.

profile_photo
Feb 24

The boy tried stealing the purse and instead of the women getting mad or so, she is trying to teach him a lesson. She is bringing the boy home and having him clean himself up instead of turning him in.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I feel as it is a little ironic how the boy tried to steal the women’s purse, yet he felt bad for doing it. I feel that there could be a good reasoning behind his situation.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I did not notice this idea until reading your comment. This part makes much more sense now.

profile_photo
Feb 24

This thought by Sandra Cisneros is very relatable because I have had many people ask me if I feel older on my birthday, and I always tell them I don’t.

profile_photo
Feb 24

In this paragraph we see that Mrs. Jones is more trusting of Roger and likewise Roger now wants to have that trust and would not want to lose it. I think this also shows a change of character in Roger because in the beginning, he did not necessarily have good intentions but we learn the real reason behind why he acted in the way he did and instead of turning him into the police, Mrs. Jones shows kindness by teaching him a much needed lesson and in return he is now more respective of others.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Trey, I agree with you that Mrs. Jones seems to not be phased by Roger attempting to steal her purse. This makes me think this may be a common occurrence. I am curious to know what you think.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Sandra Cisnero, through her work “Eleven” presents growing up as a continuing process that includes growing pains and self-felt setbacks.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Even if I am currently sixteen, I feel nothing like sixteen, both mentally, emotionally, and socially. I’m short but i still look sixteen. The reason why I say this is because it takes time. With time you grow older, wiser, and much more intelligent. That’s why we do not see the results from the workout we just had a day ago.

profile_photo
Feb 24

This is so true!! Always be something! Turn you being nothing into something.!

profile_photo
Feb 24

An overarching theme of the two pieces could possibly be seen through the lens of both psychology and domesticity. They both center around growing up, going through growing pains and trials.

profile_photo
Feb 24

All Roger wanted to do was to get away from Mrs.Luella Bates Washington Jones. However, that changed most likely due to the kindness that Mr.s Luella had towards Roger. He no longer wanted to “run,run,run,run,run!” Instead, all he wanted to do was repay her back in whatever way possible. He felt a sense of regret ( connection to Tuesday’s with Morrie) trying to steal Mrs.Luella Bates’s pocketbook. Anybody can change in any way shape or form, you just have to be determined to change.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I can tell that Patricia was a very independent woman! I am glad that she did not depend on her abusive husband/father of her son.

profile_photo
Feb 24

This makes me sad/mad that Abel would do terrible things like this to people and would not get punished for it.

profile_photo
Feb 24

This shows me that Abel took his anger out on Patricia and that instead of working out his problems he would beat up someone that loved him.

profile_photo
Feb 24

This shows me that Abel is a very dictating man. This also shows me how not real of a man he is.

profile_photo
Feb 24

“Eleven” presents the idea that age is not something new, rather it is a buildup of things. Every experience does not go away when you turn eleven, it just brews inside. “Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, and one—are pushing at the back of my eyes.” This shows that emotions are not linear, each experience helps us lean into an emotional response. What it all boils down to is that she’s still a kid trying to act older to forget how awful her day was. It’s an interesting piece on the though of age.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I think these economic clues Mr. Hankins has pointed out could be important in the story because while Mrs. Luella may be rich and have the nicest things she is still showing compassion to Rodger even though he tried to steal her pocketbook

profile_photo
Feb 24

This is an interesting take on aging, but one I have always identified with. I believe the first sentence is speaking on the fact that you are a sum of every experience you have had. You are the sum of every age you have ever been. This is the only way you could have gotten to where you are now: growth. Not necessarily bad growth or good growth, but growth in general. This reminds me of the quote,“We are the sum of all of our parts,” from the novel Flipped.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Mrs. Luella seems to take a form of pity on Roger, and a sense of forgiveness.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I agree very much with Lucas that we shouldn’t allow the mistakes we made in the past to define who we are or what we will become

profile_photo
Feb 24

She tells him that regardless of what he’s done she has done things she is not proud of in her youth. She instead cleans him up and helps him on his way rather than punishing him. She seems to want to teach a lesson rather than a punishment which might drive him to do it again.

profile_photo
Feb 24

This is where I’m seeing the theme set in place. The women is explaining to the boy that even if you successfully steal something, it wasn’t earned so it doesn’t matter. It reminds me of the phrase, “what goes around, comes around.” Now they have formed a relationship that will maybe even prevent him from doing it again in the future because he won’t have that bitterness anymore.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I agree. It is clear that Roger does not have anybody to really care for him. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones goes out of her way to ask him questions that would allude to this. Roger replies with answers suggesting that he does not. So, when Mrs. Jones welcomes him into her home, cleans him up, and generally cares for him, Roger is grateful. Roger has, seemingly, never known such graciousness.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I agree with the fact that the lady wanted to teach him a lesson. With most people now-a-days they just let little things slide by and this is something that needs to be addressed and punished but not in a negative way, in a positive way that makes him think about his decision and use it for the rest of his life. He uses this as a lesson (hopefully)

profile_photo
Feb 24

The woman in the story appears to not be fazed by the fact the boy just tried to rob her instead she grabs him and makes him pick up her pocketbook instead.

profile_photo
Feb 24

At the beginning of the story, when Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones asks Roger is he is going to run, he honestly says yes. Now he has the opportunity to run, there’s nothing blocking him from leaving. Yet, he hesitates and stays instead of running. Why? What is he afraid will happen to him?

profile_photo
Feb 24

Rachel thinks that since Mrs. Price is older than her, and is the teacher, then she cannot argue with her. Even though it is not her sweater, she does not feel capable of proving the teacher wrong.

profile_photo
Feb 24

Instead of turning the boy over to the police, she invites him in to wash his face and eat dinner. This is her way of serving justice, but also shows a different side of her. Mrs.Luella Bates Washington Jones is a large woman who drags this kid down the street but turns around and displays kindness. She even gives him money for shoes which would be uncommon if this were to happen today. She knows what it is like to want something you can’t have so she turns this into a lesson. She kind of plays a maternal figure as well when she tells him goodnight and that she wishes he would behave.

profile_photo
Feb 24

I wonder what this means in the context of the story. Did Luella have a child that she lost prior to this age?

profile_photo
Feb 24

This is a quick choice, the motivation not yet clear. There is still an inclination that she might turn the boy in. It would be well within her rights as the victim to do so.

Click on a comment's summary to see it in context

© Copyright 2021, Paul Allison.
"NowComment" is a registered trademark of Paul Allison. All rights reserved.

Back to Top

Quickstart: Commenting and Sharing

How to Comment
  • Click icons on the left to see existing comments.
  • Desktop/Laptop: double-click any text, highlight a section of an image, or add a comment while a video is playing to start a new conversation.
    Tablet/Phone: single click then click on the "Start One" link (look right or below).
  • Click "Reply" on a comment to join the conversation.
How to Share Documents
  1. "Upload" a new document.
  2. "Invite" others to it.

Logging in, please wait... Blue_on_grey_spinner