Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry -

1769 WordsOct 8, 19998 Pages
Contrast and compare the ways in which the characters of David and Hammer Logan deal with the issue of prejudice in “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” Mildred D. Taylor’s “Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry” is set during the Great Depression, in the rural areas of Mississippi. The majority of the people in this community are sharecroppers, who are greatly dependent on plantation farming. The Logan family is fortunate because they have a piece of land of their own, so unlike other black sharecroppers they do not have to be dependent on the whites. However, due to the sharp decrease in the price of the cotton crop the family have to work hard to keep it in their hands, whilst also providing food in order for them…show more content…
Whenever he talks his voice is “very distinct, very sure.” He also “impaled Mr. Granger with an icy stare.” Papa’s method of carefully thinking how to resolve the situation in the most non-disruptive manner, is just as effective on Mr. Granger as Uncle Hammer’s. Yet Papa is no saint, Mildred Taylor’s characters are balanced and well-rounded people with dark sides to their nature, which makes them appear more genuine and real. Papa has his negative aspects and has his moments where he can lose his temper. “Then suddenly there was a sharp explosion as if something had been struck with an angry force. “If only this leg wasn’t busted!” A lot of times he feels like doing things Hammer’s way, yet he is capable of keeping his anger inside. Yet despite their differences, both are greatly attached to the land, which ultimately brings the whole family together and maintains their unity. Papa tries to make his children realise the importance of keeping the land within the family and that they are “born blessed”. “You ain’t never had to live on nobody’s land but your own and as long as I live and the family survives, you’ll never have to. That’s important. You may not understand now, but one day you will. Then you’ll see.” He is determined not to
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