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Title: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder,Hear My CryBy Mildred D. Taylor
  • PowerPoint byArlene Acevedo-Davis

The First Day of School
  • The excitement Little Man feels toward his first
    day of school quickly disappears upon receiving
    his textbook. Realizing that the textbooks are
    ten years old, hand-me downs from the white
    school and specifies his race as nigra infuriates
    him. As Cassie attempts to explain Little Mans
    actions to Miss Crocker, it is made clear that
    the children are expected to remain in their
    place and not contradict higher authority.
    Unfortunately, Little Mans experience at school
    introduces him to racism and the reality that not
    all blacks will stand up to injustices they face.
  • Cassie explains to Miss Crocker See, Miz
    Crocker, see what it says. They give us these
    ole books when they didnt want them no more. He
    cant read all them big words, but he can read
    them columns. See whats in the last row, Please
    look, Miz Crocker. S-see what they called us.
  • Miss Crocker responds to Cassie Thats what you
    are, Now go sit down. (p.26)

The Road Block
  • An obstacle faced by many of the black students
    en route to school was Mr. Grimes and his school
    bus. Cassie and the other children were often
    run off the dirt road by Mr. Grimes, while he and
    the white students laughed at them running for
    safety. Stacey and the children decided to take
    matters into their own hands and develop a plan
    to wash out the dirt road. This was their
    attempt to retaliate against the dangerous
    behavior they encountered on their way to school.
    Although their goal was to obstruct the dirt
    road, an unexpected large rainfall, magnified the
    size of the hole in the road. Had injuries
    occurred as a result of their actions, and foul
    play suspected, this could have brought harm to
    the black community and/or worse the Logan family

The Night Men
  • The visit by the night men put everyone at the
    Logan home on edge. Since their appearance
    occurred shortly after the Logan children washed
    out the road, they thought the night men were
    coming for them. Overcome by guilt the children
    considered confessing their actions. The sight
    of the night men terrified the children into not
    saying a word about the roadblock. However, it
    intensified their fear and the possibility of
    harm coming to their family.
  • Cassie thought to herself But soon, against my
    will, the vision of ghostly headlights soaked
    into my mind and an uncontrollable trembling
    racked my body. (p. 68)
  • The adults on the other hand, saw the visit by
    the night men as their attempt to impose their
    power over the black community.
  • Mr. Avery stated But yall knows how they is.
    Anytime they thinks we steppin outa our place,
    they feels like they gotta stop us. You know
    what some of em done to the Berrys. It dont
    take but a little of nothin to set them devilish
    night men off. (p. 62)

Trip to Strawberry
  • Cassies trip to Strawberry proved to be a life
    altering experience. Although she had
    encountered some racism in other aspects of her
    life, none were as blatant as what she suffered
    in Strawberry. Her youthful ignorance to the
    ingrained prejudice held by many whites led to
    many problems in this town. Her experience in
    the General Store and with Lillian Jean could
    have developed into a very dangerous situation
    not only for Cassie but also her companions.
    This scene provides a coming of age experience
    which enlightens Cassie to the complex social
    relationships between blacks and whites during
    this time period. Cassie is now aware of the
    views shared by many whites against blacks, and
    how she is expected to behave in public.
  • Once home, Mary explained to her Baby, you had
    to grow up a little today. I wishwell, no
    matter what I wish. It happened and you have to
    accept the fact that in the world outside this
    house, things are not always as we would have
    them to be. (p. 126) Baby, we have no choice
    of what color were born or who our parents are
    or whether were rich or poor. What we do have
    is some choice over what we make of our lives
    once were here. And I pray to God youll make
    the best of yours. (p.129)

Cassie vs. Lillian Jean
  • After her incident with Lillian Jean in
    Strawberry, Cassie devised a very well
    thought-out plan for revenge. Pretending to be
    Lillian Jeans servant, Cassie gained access to
    all of Lillian Jeans secrets. Cassie befriended
    her and allowed Lillian Jean to trust her. Once
    Cassie had enough ammunition to blackmail Lillian
    Jean, she decided to do what she wanted to do
    since their altercation in Strawberry. Knowing
    that Lillian would not tell anyone about the
    fight in order to prevent her deepest secrets
    from being exposed to everyone, Cassie was
    content. I think it was wise for Cassie to teach
    Lillian her lesson this way because she was able
    to stand up for herself without creating a
    harmful situation for herself and her family.

Talking with Dad
  • David explains to Cassie You see that fig tree
    over yonder, Cassie? Them other trees all around
    that oak and walnut, theyre a lot bigger and
    they take up more room and give so much shade
    they almost overshadow that little ole fig. But
    that fig trees got roots that run deep, and it
    belongs in that yard as much as that oak and
    walnut. It keeps on blooming, bearing good fruit
    year after year, knowing all the time itll never
    get as big as them other trees. Just keeps on
    growing and doing what it gotta do. It dont
    give up. It give up, itll die. Theres a
    lesson to be learned from that little tree,
    Cassie girl, cause were like it. We keep doing
    what we gotta, and we dont give up. We cant.
    (p. 205-206)
  • The comparison between the fig tree and the Logan
    family expresses their view about their right as
    people, and their place in society. The Logans
    have had a desire for a better life, and have
    made numerous attempts to achieve this.
  • Cassie has always experienced love and support
    from her family. That is the core structure that
    defines her, keeps her grounded and allows for
    her advancement. As her father mentioned if she
    doesnt stand up for herself and respect herself,
    no one else will.

The Night of the Fire
  • Realizing that T.J. is in dire need of help,
    Stacy, Cassie, Christopher-John and Little man
    come to his rescue. Unfortunately, T.J.s
    friendship with R.W. and Melvin has turned
    deadly. R.W. and Melvin never saw themselves as
    equals to T.J. Instead, they viewed themselves
    as superiors who had the authority to do as they
    pleased with him. This idea of superiority is a
    reoccurring theme used to empower whites.
    Knowing that the lives of innocent people, the
    Avery family, are in jeopardy, David resorts to
    drastic measures. Starting a fire on his
    property amidst a thunder storm provides just the
    distraction to save T.J. for the time being.
    Attempting to put out the fire, both blacks and
    whites began to work together side by side.
  • Although Cassie has experienced racism first
    hand, I think she still holds an optimistic view
    for the future. She is aware that there are good
    and bad people both black and white. I feel
    Cassie views the difference in treatment between
    the races and unfair, and she is frightened about
    losing T.J. and their land. However, she knows
    that she cant give up her desire for equality.
  • What had happened to T.J. in the night I did not
    understand, but I knew it would not pass. And I
    cried for those things which had happened in the
    night and would not pass. I cried for T.J. For
    T.J. and the land. (p.276)

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