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Roll of thunder, hear my cry - A close study of chapter 1.

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Name: Nick Griffin Date: 16.9.03 Subject: English - Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: A Close Study of Chapter 1 As soon as Chapter one starts, it jumps straight into dialogue giving me the impression that there was another part before the speech that was taken out. The character speaking is Cassie, who is the main character and the narrator for the story, and my first impression of her was that she was the one in charge of the children in the Logan family, as she was checking on each of them and observing what they were doing especially Little Man her younger brother who the opening line "Little Man, would you come on? You keep it up and you're gonna make us late" is directed at. I can tell from Cassie's actions that she doesn't like school clothes because she prefers to be free and not confined and that she is used as a direct connection between the reader and the story as she is used to describe what is going on and what is being said in a way that suggests she is telling this story to someone else. ...read more.


This method provides some variation to the description of characters because if all the characters were introduced the same way it would make the reader bored and make the beginning of the story read as if each description was grouped together and you were supposed to know about each character before anything happens. If that was done, it wouldn't allow the reader to use his or her imagination to construct a mental image of the characters and this would cause them to become uninterested in what is happening because they would be being told the story and not reading it in the sense that they would not be given freedom of thought. The first characters name to be mention in the whole story is Little Man's and that is because Cassie is addressing him as he is slowing down the group of people who are on their way to school in their best clothes on their first day of this term. My first impression of him which I got from the second paragraph was that he didn't like getting anything dirty at all, and tried his best to see it that way and that he was also looking forward to his first day of school, which was the opposite to the others. ...read more.


The author sets the story straight generally about how everyone's lives interact with each others, including how people make money and how the children are educated. She also shows the importance of family life because the children are all interacting with each other and they are always mentioning Mama and I think these two facts will come into play greatly at the end of the story. Mildred Taylor also gives the reader information about the situation in history at the time including the Logan land but more importantly how black people and white people have got a long in the past which I think will give the reader some background about why certain people act in certain ways and why something's have come to be. Mildred Taylor also slips in little pieces of information along the way about how each character reacts with each other and gives the author and overall feel of how they are now as if suggesting that they won't be like this later on in the story. The first chapter is written very cleverly because it combines character introductions, background information and little pieces of information to make this chapter and the rest of the story piece together and I think Mildred Taylor has made it very successful in getting all this information across to the reader. ...read more.

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