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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

  • Date Submitted: 03/31/2010 08:49 PM
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, written by Mildred D. Taylor, was first published in 1976. The story takes place during the 1930s, when racial segregation was at its peak. The Logans, a very poor black family, had to endure many racial injustices and harassments. This piece of historical representation was written in first-person point of view and contains an overall perspective of all the characters in the story. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry presents an understanding of the racial past and how people of color were treated due to his/her insuperiority. The sources from the story were present from someone that did not witness the event.
The plot is developed by moving from a problem to a solution, then on to another problem. The story takes place in a small town called strawberry and Cassie Logan, the main character, and her brothers, Little Man, Stacy, and Christopher-John, were just going to school. The author first presents the reader with an exposition, which gives the reader a general overview of the story. The initiating complication started when Cassie and her brothers were splattered with mud and water by a white school bus. Cassie and her siblings dug a hole in the middle of the road to trap the bus and ultimately take revenge. The conflict of the story began when Cassie had to go to town one day to help her grandmother shop for groceries. Cassie was first insulted by a white shopkeeper due to an unfairness of treatment and then by a white girl her age. She was forced to accept these insults, or otherwise she would’ve faced serious consequences. Cassie had to live in an unfair society where people were treated due to his/her color and social status, making this a man vs. society kind of conflict. Soon after the conflict of the story has occurred, there were also many key moments. When Uncle Ham, the uncle of Cassie and her siblings, came to visit and when Mama and Papa try to organize a boycott of the store most of the black people in town are forced to...


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