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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor - The Role of The Weather.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor The Role of The Weather The weather plays an important role in 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'. Its importance is emphasised by its presence even in the title. It was also an important part of the lives of rural families. When they ploughed, sowed and harvested all depended on the weather. This importance is included in the book. The weather reflects on events that are happening and the mood in each part of the book. It also indicates what will happen in the future, building up tension and giving warnings of danger. 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry' begins in October. The Logan children are traipsing to school on a day which Cassie describes as, '...a bright August-like October morning made for running the cool forest trails...' Cassie is oblivious to racism and this reflected in the mood of this section. The weather is sunny and cheerful and although the children do not appear to be cheerful, the worst of their problems is school. It isn't until chapter 3, towards the end of October, that the weather begins to change. ...read more.

Middle

Only inside the family home is everything snug. Cassie has experienced that reality is different to the Logan family's safe environment during her trip to Strawberry. On a particularly cold day at school when Cassie is send from her front seat near the stove to the back of the class, Mama is fired from teaching and the Logan family's troubles escalate. At the same time the Logan children reject T.J. because he is responsible for Mama being sacked. It is then that T.J. starts hanging around with R.W. and Melvin which leads to more trouble. When Great Faith School dismiss it is spring. Spring is always an optimistic time. Cassie says that 'rain-drenched, fresh, vital, full of life, spring enveloped us all.' Things seem to be looking up to Cassie; school is out, 'Lillian Jean ain't so persnickety' and T.J.'s so-called friends aren't so nice to him behind his back, which Cassie likes. When Mr Jamison asks how Mama is she says she is "Just fine" but things are not fine and perhaps Cassie is under an illusion that everything is "Just fine". ...read more.

Conclusion

was just the distant thunder, the actual storm was still to come. As Cassie, Little Man and Christopher-John run home 'Thunder crashed across the corners of the world and lightening split the sky.' The storm has arrived. When Papa is made aware of the situation, it seems the only way to stop what is happening is to use his shotgun but as he watches the storm an idea comes to him. Papa uses the weather to stop the 'storm'. Without the lightening, T.J. would have almost certainly have been hanged. Now that T.J. has been handed over to the law to be dealt with fairly the whole community, blacks and whites, must stop the fire from reaching the forest and burning too much cotton. As Jeremy Simms put it, "One thing would sure help though is if that ole rain would only come on down" and, as if on cue the rain arrives. The next morning, things have settled down and nothing drastic will happen, the weather is also settled, the fire is out and the storm has passed. As you can probably see now, the whole book is based upon the weather. It is a key factor in many events and without it, this story would not be at all the same. ...read more.

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