Why did Uncle Hammer walk to the revival in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry? What does this tell you about Uncle Hammer?
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Uncle Hammer walks to the revival because he sold his car to pay the mortgage on the farm.
Uncle Hammer is very proud of his brand new Packard, which is a few months newer than that of the white landowners, the Grangers. When he arrives from Chicago with the car and they ask him about it, Uncle Hammer is modest but direct.
Last year when I come down here, I was right impressed with that big Ole Packard of Mr. Harlan Filmore Granger’s and I thought I’d like to own one myself. It seems like me and Harlan Granger just got the same taste. (ch 10, p. 119)
It is a matter of pride for Uncle Hammer to have the same car and slightly better than the Grangers. Yet he cares about his family more than his pride. He has something to sell, and the family is in need. He even wants to stay to help the family earn money, but they are afraid he will get into fights and ask him to return to Chicago.
Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Dial, 1976. Print.
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