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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Uncle Hammer 'Unnecessary trouble! You think my brother died and got my leg half blown off in their German war to have some redneck knock Cassie around any time it suits him?' These are the words of Uncle Hammer when he finds out about the way Lillian Jean and Mr Simms have been treating Cassie. Uncle Hammer is enraged by the way that they think they can treat black people differently to white and dislike the way they have racial prejudices. Uncle Hammer is Papa's brother and they both feel strongly about the way they get treated compared to whites. The only difference between them is that Uncle Hammer is very short tempered and would stand up for himself, even start a fight, compared with Papa who is quietly angered. ...read more.

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He is loved and also slightly feared by the children, he has a colder more distant personality. Unrelenting when he is angry, he is very generous to the children encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions whenever they can. An example of Uncle Hammer being generous is when he buys Stacey a new coat believing that Stacey thinks he is not as well treated as whites and Uncle Hammer is trying to prove to Stacey that they should be treated equally. He is trying to get back at them in his own little way. Uncle Hammer has a great thirst for revenge and this is shown when Mr. Morrison prevents him from taking revenge upon the Simms family and talk of burning down the Wallace store remains just talk. ...read more.

Conclusion

This plan works when they are crossing the bridge in his new car and the Wallaces stop to let them cross believing it to be Harlan Granger. Uncle Hammer doesn't cross the line in getting revenge because he knows that he may hurt the people he loves the most in the end. Uncle Hammer knows how much the land means to the family and he is made co-owners with Papa in order to protect its future. Big Ma fears that if she dies before the papers are signed Granger will have an opportunity to get the land back because the law is clearly 'white mans law'. In the end Uncle Hammer sells his car in appreciating that the car is a poor substitute for the land that he loves and the family that relies upon him and the land to survive. ...read more.

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