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The bus driver plays games with the black children and torments them when taking the white children to school. This event shows the audience that it is not just the white children who are cynical and ignorant towards the blacks but also the adults are as immature as them. In the case of educational resources, when Cassie and Little Man open their much awaited new books, they find a table on the inside front cover that shows the condition and the names of the previous owners.
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What's more the Logan children's clothes become dirty with red dust and it goes into their eyes and noses. Secondly, Jefferson Davis County School is the white children's school and is very grand compared to Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School. Jefferson Davis has two school buses and a wide sports field. It is a "long white wooden building ". In addition it has more classes and more students. In Great Faith there are no school buses. Great Faith consists of "four weather-beaten wooden houses on stilts of brick, 320 students, seven teachers, a principle, a caretaker, and the caretaker's cow."
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There were no legal means to survive in those circumstances. The horrifying years of racism depicted the power over the black people and their confined lives. Perhaps Mildred Taylor uses the historical events to illustrate how black people suffered racism during the period of the depression and how important for them was to be independent and have their own land to survive. In Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry the theme of land is central to the plot. It indicates independence and freedom for black people, prosperity and wealth for white.
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However, the Logans still struggle to survive comfortably. The father, David Logan is based on Mildred Taylor's own father. The family are clever enough to realise the injustice done to them on the basis of their skin colour. Unlike the other families however, they take action and don't just accept without a fight. Social integration between adults and juniors alike is rare and frowned upon. The black and white children both attend different schools which plays a major role in separating them since childhood. Education is very important, more to the blacks than the whites. Moe, for example, walks for miles just to get to the Great Faith School with its meagre resources.
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Racism and the land tie together through the duration of the book. Because of racism and the inequality that exists between blacks and whites, to the Logans, owning land is a symbol of their freedom, independence and equality - this is put forward in many ways, such as when Big Ma tells Cassie how Logans came to own land after slavery was abolished, and she refers to it as when "freedom" came. As a result of this ownership, the Logans, to an extent, are free of the racist policies, which other sharecropping blacks have to endure.
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age is served before them, Cassie became so infuriated at the Mercantile assistant that she decided to remind Mr Barnett of her presence. Barnett bellowed, "Whose little nigger is this!" Foolishly, Cassie stood up to Mr Barnett, replying, "I aint nobody's little nigger!" By doing this Cassie thought that Mr Barnett would serve her but in reality it made him more infuriated and he demanded that she leave the store. At this point in the novel, Cassie is young and na�ve and she still does not understand the cast system.
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Black people in the South found a difference between their legal rights and what they were allowed to do. In Mississippi 1930s, there was a lot of segregation as black people were separated from white people. In the novel, black pupils went to different schools than white pupils. Prejudice is shown by the great differences in the schools as educational institutions, "...four weather-beaten wooden houses on stilts of bricks" (pg. 15) This describes the appearance of The Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School, one of the largest black schools in the county, "...a long white wooden building ...a wide sports field ...expansive front lawn" (pg.
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she is present) or indirectly (i.e. she hears it from someone else or eavesdrops). The main racial events in the book happen in different places: the Logan home; the Great Faith Elementary School; in Strawberry; in the white stores owned by Mr Wallace and Mr Barnett; on the land of Mr Harlan Granger; and on the long, dusty or muddy route to school. I have chosen to write about the event which took place in the market at Strawberry, where Cassie notices the discrepancy involving the black and white races. I decided to base my essay on Strawberry because this chapter was one of the key incidents where Cassie experiences the inequality between the two races and how the whites treat or distinguish black individuals.
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This essay will give examples of racial events and social attitudes towards black people in the 1930's and will link it to racial events and social attitudes in "Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry".
gas station when they got hassled by some black boys, they drove away but the white boys caught up with them and set them alight. This shows us that the white people had no respect for blacks and they also thought they could get away with it. In the 1930's the judicial system was very unfair and always took the side of the white people. This very violent behaviour was very typical of the Klu Klux Klan who were a racist hatred group in the 1930's they dressed in white robes and pointed hoods and they terrorized anyone "Anti - American" people like Jews, Negros and Catholics.
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Big Ma started setting up, I cried "what are we doing here nobody can see us" Don't worry Big Ma said; we will get our usual customers. It didn't make good business sense to me. Some customers came and brought things like butter, milk and eggs. After we had packed everything up we went into the main town centre were there was a lot of hustle and bustle. We parked up near a Building and on it, it read: Wade W Jamison Attorney at law.
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Roll of thunder is set in Mississippi in the 1930's this was farming country at the time growing mostly cotton.
The Logan's unlike all the other blacks in the book own their own land. They own 400 acres of very good farming land of which 200 is mortgaged and the other 200 is owned by the family. The father David Logan is away most of the time working no the rail roads up in the north of Mississippi he had to work there as it was the only way of paying the mortgage on time, and if the mortgage wasn't paid the whites would be very quick on taking away the land. He works for the benefit of the family and tries to protect them.
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Taylor Greer, the protagonist, had a very good childhood with a mother who loved her and only her. "There were two things about Mama. One is she always expected the best out of me. And the other is that no matter what I did, whatever I came home with, she acted like it was the moon I had just hung up in the sky and plugged in all the starts. Like I was that good." (pg. 10) By instilling this confidence and security in Taylor, she thus becomes a secure and confident person. However, all the parents in Pittman county, the first setting of the story, exert nearly opposite behavior exhibited by Taylor's mother, such as Newt Hardbine's and Jolene's fathers provides a counter example to their behavior.
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Compare and contrast the different cultures, which are shown in the short stories 'The Gold Cadillac' and 'A Stench Of Kerosene' by the authors Mildred Taylor and Amrita Pritam.
When his first wife discovers this she commits suicide. 'The Gold Cadillac' is set in America and is about a black family who seem to be treated as equals. The father of the family Wilbert brings home a Golden Cadillac. His two children Lois and Wilma are thrilled but their mother is less than satisfied as feel he is wasting his money as they already have a car. Wilbert decides to take a trip down to Mississippi, which is in the south of America where black people have fewer rights and where some people are notoriously racist.
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The author doesn't directly describe Cassie because the author is writing as Cassie, and therefore it wouldn't make sense for Cassie to be describing herself to the readers. To build up an image of Cassie, the reader ahs to piece together the different facts that are placed in the text, like what Cassie says, sees and does during the first chapter. This gives the reader a chance to take in all the facts, compile them and form there own judgements on her as if all the facts were presented in front of them at the beginning of the chapter it
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It isn't until chapter 3, towards the end of October, that the weather begins to change. The rain falls heavily on the dust making it turn to red oozing mud. When they are forced into the slimy gullies by the white school's bus, the Logan children decide to get revenge. They dig a hole into the road, which they hope the school bus will drive into. However when they return after school they find that the rain has turned their hole into a trench that the bus drives into and breaks down. Without the rain, the Logan children wouldn't have been able to get revenge on the school bus.
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She said she felt a "gutting disappointment enveloping me as we entered the town." As they turned into the market field where they were going to sell their eggs and milk, they saw that there were many wagons near the entrance but Big Ma drove to the other side of the field where only two other wagons were stationed. Cassie found this unusual that they parked at the back of the field when there were spaces at the front. She showed her annoyance at this after studying the wagons in front and she said, "what the devil are we doing way back here then!
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Cassie dug a hole on the side of the road, to make it look like it was washed out, Christopher John and Little Man started scooping out mud from the middle of the road. Stacey and Cassie shovelled ragged holes almost a yard wide and a foot deep, when Stacey and Cassie's holes merged into one with Little Mans and Christopher John's, they covered the hole with water and stacked three rocks to identify the spot. So once the bus rides along the road it will get stuck in the hole and the kids will have to walk home covering them in mud and water.
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How are the young David and Cassie presented as victims in the novels, 'David Copperfield' and 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'?
When Clara and Mr. Murdstone are married, David is treated poorly by Mr. Murdstone and is beaten badly. ' He beat me then, as if he would have beaten me to death.' (58) This describes that the pain David felt was like being beaten to death. Here we sympathize with David and feel that his treatment is both cruel and unfair. However, in mid-Victorian times this kind of treatment was more acceptable. Cassie's home life is quite different, but her family as a whole are victimized for being African American .
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By covering the offensive fronts of the books, Mama clearly refuses to accept things the way they are. In comparison to Miss Crocker, Mama realizes and does not accept the hurtful prejudice directed towards the black children. Mama then laughs and says to Miss Crocker that 'no one cares enough to come down here, and in the second place if anyone should come, maybe he could see all the things we need'. Her courage and sense of justice is shown in this sentence and she, unlike many of the adults in this book, looks at life around her and understands the cruelty and injustice that many people are made to suffer.
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The author uses this narrow perspective of T.J. to encourage the reader to realise that he is a victim of the times. This realisation is encouraged not through Cassie's opinion but because she cannot see this fact until nearing the end of the story. Cassie's view of T.J. is blunt, 'I didn't like T.J. very much,' and during the beginning of the book the reader is persuaded that T.J. is not a nice person as there is no evidence otherwise. As the book proceeds however, the reader can show more insight into details that Cassie overlooks.
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TJ is an unlikable boy who has only himself to blame for the situation at the end of the novel. How far do you agree?
For example, when he comes into school on the first day, he is wearing no shoes. Whereas the Logans have: "...New coats and books and shiny new packards." One of the reasons that TJ is such a troublemaker is that he had a socially deprived background and therefore I think he needs to receive the attention that his family never gave him. His families are poor sharecroppers on Granger land. Sharecroppers were black people who work on white land, and get a small percentage of the produce. They are weak and frail and cannot control TJ.
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It might hurt y'all's little ears." None of the children, except Stacey really like T.J. And when he deliberately withholds information from them they get angry. When T.J. eventually tells the children what has happened the kids are shocked to be informed that: "Some white men took a match to 'em." This is the first incident of injustice we see in the book. The Berry's burning is a particular shock to the Logan boys and Cassie because they have been sheltered from the injustices that have fallen before and they aren't informed of the Berrys burning by there parents but T.J.
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Taylor's answer sidestepped the class struggle and interest group politics. He believed his principles would create a partnership between manager and worker, based on an understanding of how jobs should be done and how workers are motivated. These workers are motivated by money. He believed a fairs day work deserved a fair day bonus. He thought keeping his workforce happy would keep them producing at a high quality. He died in 1915, whilst on a speaking tour in the mid west he contracted influenza, he was admitted to hospital and celebrated his 59th birthday there and died the next day.
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The only thing that she is sure about, is her absolute loyalty to her family, which remains constant throughout the book. The Avery's a not very successful family, are one of the poorest black families. Mr and Mrs Avery have many children and not enough money. They sharecrop on the Granger's land and as they do not have much money, they also do not have money to spend on medicine, which as a result means that Mr and Mrs Avery remain in a constant state of illness.
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Consider the characters of Mary Logan in "Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry" and Gilbert Dawson in "The Sexton's Hero" showing how they reflect the theme of heroism
In fairy tales, the hero is usually a man who rescues the princess from evil. Over time the term hero has changed from the old fashioned traditional hero to modern hero's (someone who is heroic for standing by principles and suffering hardship as a result.) In The Sexton's Hero, Gilbert Dawson is more of a traditional hero because he saves Letty and the Sexton's life, but dies himself. He also has some of the qualities of a modern hero as he stands up for what he believes in.
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