In what ways this story be different if another character from the book were acting as the narrator?In the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, how would the story be different if another character...

In what ways this story be different if another character from the book were acting as the narrator?

In the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, how would the story be different if another character from the book acted as the narrator?

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Each character in the story had their own unique character traits. Cassie had a temper and a clearly developed sense of fair play. At her age, her parents had sheltered her as much as possible from racism and how to deal with it safely. Her innocence at "playing the game" did not develop until her revenge against Miz Lillian Jean. Her older brother Stacey had learned about "the game playing" and was well aware of the consequences of not "playing". Little Man and Christopher-John are too young to be aware of all that was going on around them to deal with the events Cassie experienced. Many times the boys were left at home when whites were encountered. T.J. played the game all too well for his own good. He had little conscience of right and wrong. An adult telling the story would not work because they learned the game long before, and it is now second nature. For those who did not accept the role of subservience, death or imprisonment would have eliminated them as the story tellers. For Cassie, the present time is teaching her what she will need to adapt to as she matures, if she wants to live in the 1930's world of being a negro.

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