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Compare aspects of prejudice in "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry", by Mildred Taylor, and, "The Son's Veto", by Thomas Hardy.

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Compare aspects of prejudice in "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry", by Mildred Taylor, and, "The Son's Veto", by Thomas Hardy. Prejudice: The act of prejudging a subject or group of subjects on the basis of opinions that are not grounded in fact or experience. Prejudice can be on the basis of race, religion, political view, age, appearance or cultural affiliation Many people have different views on prejudice, what it is and whether it's right or wrong. Some people may believe that prejudice is racism, but prejudice is when you have an opinion of someone or something without knowledge of what they or it are really like. It may be class or colour, rich or poor, it's all prejudice. In this essay I will compare the aspects of prejudice in "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred Taylor, and, "The Son's Veto", by Thomas Hardy. I will look at how segregation is achieved in each story and the consequences of it. "Roll Of Thunder", is a story about a black family in the southern states of America in the 1930's. At this point in American history, prejudice against blacks was at an all time high. Sharecropping was a part of life then. The story focuses on the Logan family and their struggle against racism. They have their own land, so they don't have to share-crop, but the local land owner, Harlan Granger, wants their land, and this book is about their struggle to keep it, and their fight against racism. "The Son's Veto", is a story of a young woman who has suffered from class prejudice for all her life since she fell down some stairs and was forced to use a wheelchair. Before she had her injury she was courting a gardener named Sam, when she had her injury, the vicar she was serving felt sorry for her, and decided that he should marry her. ...read more.


One of the main ones being when Cassie, T.J, Stacey and Big Ma go to Strawberry for the market, but T.J convinces Cassie and Stacey to go into 'Barnett's Mercantile', a white shop, with him. When they are in there and T.J is waiting for his groceries, a white woman comes along. Cassie gets quite distressed about this and wonders what's going on, but T.J is waiting there patiently, because he knows what to expect. As they are still waiting, a young white girl comes along and Mr Barnett (the shopkeeper) serves her first. Cassie is even more distraught, getting quite hotheaded and impulsive she "tugs on his shirt sleeve" and she asks Mr Barnett why he is serving that white girl before them, when they had been waiting there for nearly an hour. Barnett gets very angry with this and he shrieks "nigger", then Stacey gets Cassie outside the shop as quick as possible. The most prominent factor of races being kept apart is the schools, the white kids have the school buses, the good quality equipment, and the more qualified teachers. While the black kids have no school bus, and the only time they would even get schoolbooks was when the books weren't in a good enough condition for whites anymore, they were just hand downs. Another separation point are jobs, white people get easier jobs like working in shops etc., but blacks do all the back breaking work, like working on the railroad as Papa Logan does. In "The Son's Veto" there are not many instances where we directly see class separation, but the main time when we do is at the cricket match. All the higher classes get the best places, but the lower classes get a few smaller spots, and, even though Sophy is Randolph's mother, she still has to stay in the lower class 'area'. This show us that classes were so important back then that it even came before family. ...read more.


Just as in "Roll", there are abbreviations and slang. So there are some similarities, but the words in "The Son's Veto" are much more difficult to read because of the formal grammar. I think the author has done this because the fashion of words at the time, was words like this, especially among the higher social classes. I think that in "Roll of thunder", there are no successful changes between race groups. The only person who has been accepted as a friend of the blacks is Mr. Jamison. Jeremy Simms may have been one as well but David Logan says to him "Right now you and Jeremy might get along fine, but in a few years he'll think of himself as a man but you'll still be a boy to him, and if he feels that way, he'll turn on you in a minute." So Papa Logan is in a way being prejudiced himself, using the stereotype of white people against Jeremy, who is a good person. I think in relation to attitudes today, "Roll Of Thunder", is quite a powerful story, because there is still racism around. It is not as much of an issue today as it was back then, but it's still here. I feel that it always will be here. No matter how much people try, there will always be some who are this shallow. In "The Son's Veto", there are no successful class changes. I think that this is because of the snobbery related to the higher classes. That even though Sophy married someone in a high class, she still wasn't allowed in. I think that class segregation is much less of a problem than it was back then, there is still some sort of mild, class order in today's society, most probably between the super-rich, and the rest of us. I don't think there would be many people at all who would want class segregation back, and if they did, chances are they'd probably be Lord or Lady someone. Maybe there's still a snob factor among the higher than us. By Ross McFadyen ...read more.

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