Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

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What is the point of view in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is written from the point of view of a nine-year-old black girl, Cassie Logan, living in southern Mississippi in the early 1930s. By choosing to write from this perspective, author Mildred D. Taylor gives the reader a child's-eye view of the racism that was still common in this part of America at the time. Cassie grows a great deal over the course of the novel, learning more about the kind of society she has been born into, but also developing as an intelligent and strong-willed character. Through Cassie's eyes we also see the growth and development of her brother Stacey, who learns to take responsibility as the eldest child and matures as a character. It is Stacey who warns the Logans of the danger posed by a lynch mob at the novel's climax.

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Mildred D. Taylor writes the story of “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” from a nine-year old’s first person point of view. The main character, Cassie Logan, narrates the story as she comes to understand prejudice and racism in Mississippi during the 1930’s.

Although Cassie is just a child she is wise enough to learn about and understand the injustices that occur between the White people and the African-Americans during this period of history. Throughout the book, Cassie and her family experience examples of these injustices including getting used books when they arrive at school, seeing a neighbor badly burned, experiencing her mother being fired, and enduring threats to their land and well-being. Cassie even speaks up when the African-American children are forced to wait in line while the White people are taken care of by the clerk in a town store. Throughout the book the Logan family, including Cassie, take action to address the racial prejudice and to save their farm.

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