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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor
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Discuss and clarify the theme of hope in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Taylor.

Hope is a very important theme in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It is what keeps the Logan family going through extreme adversity, hardship, and systemic racial oppression. Hope may not guarantee that the Logans will pull through, but it's pretty much all they have to cling onto in the midst of a society that resents their very existence.

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It's no exaggeration to say that the Logan family in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry would have nothing without hope. Hope is all they have. An African American family living in a society riddled from top to bottom with racial prejudice and white supremacy, the Logans have no choice but to cling onto the hope, however forlorn it may seem, that things will one day get better.

Yet on the whole, it seems that the Logans' hope, though completely understandable under the circumstances, is somewhat misplaced. The sad fact is that white society is simply not prepared to give them a break. The hope that one day they and other African Americans in the Deep South will be treated with the respect and the dignity that they deserve is remote, to say the least.

Occasionally there are glimpses of a better world, such as when white and Black folk come together to put out a fire. But this is borne out of necessity rather than choice, and once the fire has been put out, everyone returns to their racially segregated communities, and the position of the Logans remains as precarious as ever.

And yet the Logans must still go on, fighting for their land, their home, and their very lives. This is not something they would be able to do without hope, the only thing that they really have in a cruel, vicious society that aims to keep them in a permanent state of subjection.

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