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

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

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. How is Tension Created and the Effect in "Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry".

    T.J is Stacey Logan's best friend. In this incident T.J betrays Stacey and the readers in the way that they think they could count on him. The language is full of anger and hatred. The visit to the Berry's house when they see the result of Mr Berry's burning is

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

    from accusing her of lying and telling her to return back home. Here we see how although this incident resulted in a death, nothing was done about it as 'a black man's life ain't worth the life of a cowfly down here.'

  1. Explore Mildred Taylor's ability to create unforgettable incidents in Roll of Thunder, Hear MyCry.

    The children were actually amazed that they would receive books, as is shown by Little Man's anticipation, "Little Man his face lit in eager excitement." This incident is deeply ingrained in our memories because it shocks us. It might shock us more than any other such example in the novel

  2. Comparison Between Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry And The Son’s Veto

    Sometimes they come out stronger that the adult in one of life's crises. Whereas roll of thunder hear my cry is set in the 1930's in Mississippi the son's veto takes place in the 1800's in the deep suburbia of London, the title says it all the sons veto or the son's rejection.

  1. Roll Of Thunder By Mildred Taylor

    She feels sense of unity between her and the land. It evokes the history of her life: grief, losses and tribulations she went through. That is why she shows a great deal of sense and foresight by arranging to sign the papers that would allow her sons to inherit the land.

  2. Roll of Thunder

    There was a rise in unemployment which created more hardships for the blacks as well as the whites. Many of the black writers wanted to explore and exhibit the richness and complexity of their community. As a result of doing so, they helped a wider range of people to achieve a deeper understanding of the black community.

  1. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

    They have to walk for miles to get to school whilst the white students of the Jefferson Davis School are escorted to school in a bus. The Logan children follow the example of their parents' by not simply accepting things as the yare and retaliating.

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

    It is estimated that in the nineteenth century between forty thousand and one hundred thousand slaves escaped to the Free states in the north and to Canada. Many slaves, free blacks and some whites helped others escape. The slave owning southern states called the Confederacy, were worried they would lose their power and their slaves under President Abraham Lincoln.

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