• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Mildred D. Taylor present the complexities of the south through the eyes of two contrasting characters?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Mildred D. Taylor present the complexities of the south through the eyes of two contrasting characters? The successful and renowned author Mildred D. Taylor was born in Mississippi, Jackson and has used her excellent writing style to create the thrilling and compelling novel "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" to put across her knowledge and experience of the complexities of the south when there was legalised segregation of Blacks and Whites. The interesting and diverse characters in this story were skilfully created by Taylor to put across the varied and often devastating injustices that regularly occurred in the south during The Great Depression of the 1930s. For the purposes of this essay I will be discussing the experiences and reactions of two very different characters, Uncle Hammer and Mr. ...read more.

Middle

They use this violence to battle racism that is put towards them and confront it when needed in their environment but in different ways and Uncle Hammer will do anything to stop racism as he does not like it for the fact his brother was killed by whites. When Mr Morrison is confronted there is no stopping this machine that was brought from knowledge of the creations in stud farms "They was both of them from breeded stock and they was strong like bulls" but he only acts in self-defence. In contrast uncle hammer is the owner of land whilst Mr Morrison is a poor sharecropper. They are two very diverse characters although they have similar qualities. Mr Morrison the poor sharecropper has only friends he can rely on because of his story in the railroad business. ...read more.

Conclusion

This showed an example of how the south was at this time. On the other hand, Uncle Hammer experienced the same occurrence as Mr Morrison but his family was his two brothers that sacrificed themselves to make life better for blacks. During the civil war Uncle Hammer and his two brothers fought for how they believed the world should be. Uncle Hammer came out with a broken leg "limping slightly on his left leg" His brothers failed to return and he has come back to avenge his brothers and also to get justice. In conclusion, to this compelling book Mildred D Taylor used these two characters due to the fact that they were the tellers of what the south was like during the period of legalised segregation. They used their understanding to explain the difficulties as well as what would happen to Blacks if they were to disobey Whites. Mukesh Kerai English Essay 07/05/2007 Ms Fernandes ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mildred Taylor section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mildred Taylor essays

  1. Roll of Thunder

    They are capable of this by proving to the white community that they have the ability to excel in both education and business. Connected to this, was Big Ma's revelation to Cassie as to how the land came into the possession of the Logan family.

  2. What aspects of racism are presented by Mildred Taylor in the book 'Roll of ...

    Lillian demands an apology for "bumping into decent white folks with your nasty little self." Cassie refuses to get in the road until Mr. Sims, Lillian's father, grabs and pushes her into the road. He demands that she apologises properly.

  1. How does Mildred Taylor effectively portray prejudice during the 1930's Mississippi in her novel, ...

    The main reason behind this was due to him being seen as a black man, with a different colour to the whites. Mildred Taylor portrays prejudice in this incident at the time when Henrietta goes to the sheriff to report the incident, yet he didn't do anything about it apart

  2. Compare aspects of prejudice in "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry", by Mildred Taylor, ...

    In "The Son's Veto", I think that Hardy give the impression that Sophy doesn't really have any close friends or relatives who she can go and see or talk to, also we get the feeling that Randalph is quite a horrible person.

  1. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry - Character of T.J. Examine the way ...

    Again Taylor compels us to think of T.J. There is a definite friction between T.J. and Mrs Logan. She is his teacher and has failed him, forcing him to be kept behind while his friends move on. Mrs. Logan is a woman of integrity, she caught him cheating and therefore failed him again.

  2. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

    Due to this, when receiving books for Christmas, they were an extra novalty due to being written by a black auther. T.J too enjoyed learning about Ejypt, pointing out how they had Black Kings. The idea would have been unthought of.

  1. Roll Of Thunder By Mildred Taylor

    The hard-earned achievement was dear to everyone in the Logan family. The importance of the land is shown in the way Papa explains to Cassie how vital the land is in their lives. 'I asked him once why he had to go away, why the land was so important.

  2. Compare and contrast the different cultures, which are shown in the short stories 'The ...

    After her boycott of riding in the car Wilbert's wife, Dee decides that the whole family will go including herself. Halfway to Mississippi, Wilbert is arrested and fined unreasonably for speeding. At this point I think that he begins to understand why his wife had protested so much to the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work