The Most Important Messages and Themes in the Novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

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The Most Important Messages and Themes in the Novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Works Cited Missing 'Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry' by Mildred D. Taylor is a powerful novel about the Loganfamily and the problems and injustices that they have to face. The book is set in Mississippi in the 1930s. This is important because at the time, white people were very cruel and racist towards blacks, and sometimes they treated them as slaves. The novel revolves mainly around the black Logan family, and book is told from the point of view of a black child - Cassie Logan. There
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When Cassie and Little Man see this they are outraged to be considered only good enough to handle the very worst of the white 'cast-offs'. However, this was typical of the way black people were treated at the time, and innocent black children had to deal with this type of prejudice.

Racism is also present in the novel when Cassie goes shopping. A white shopkeeper is dealing with her order at the counter when suddenly a white girl comes along and the shopkeeper immediately serves her. Cassie, puzzled by this then says, "

' …'scuse, me Mr Barnett…you was waiting on us 'fore you was waitin' on this girl…' " Mr Barnett's vicious reply is, " ' Well, you just get your black self back over there and wait some more.' " p. 85 lines 16 & 28. Cassie insists that she be served and probably would have got a beating if it was not for Stacy who rescued her.

This experience really hits Cassie in the face because she just cannot seem to comprehend why white people think they are better than blacks when the reality is that everyone is equal.

Although most of the white people in the novel are racially discriminative against black people, there are a few whites that disagree with how the blacks are treated and offer their support and friendship towards the Loganfamily. The main white people who do this are: Mr Jamison and
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