Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry teaches readers how to be hopeful. Discuss this concept with reference to specific episodes from the novel.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry teaches readers how to be hopeful in that it shows how the Logan family members hold on to hope in the most difficult situations and actively work toward bringing about what they hope for.

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In Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the Logan family lives on hope. Even when times are at their worst, they hold on to their hope, and they work in that hope to try to make a better life.

The family’s primary hope lies in...

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In Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the Logan family lives on hope. Even when times are at their worst, they hold on to their hope, and they work in that hope to try to make a better life.

The family’s primary hope lies in their land. Unlike many families in their area, the Logans own their land, and they mean to keep it, for it symbolizes a better and more prosperous future for the family. Yet, as the story progresses, another hope blends in that extends beyond the Logans and their land.

This hope is the hope of justice and fair treatment for all the people of their area. For a long time, the sharecroppers on the Granger land have been exploited by the Wallace store, yet they feel like they have no option but to shop there. Mr. and Mrs. Logan encourage their neighbors to boycott the store after the Wallaces participate in a horrendous act that leads to men being burned alive. The Logans know that if they and their neighbors are to have any hope of security, they must take a stand, and they do. The Logans set up a system where the people can get credit to shop in Vicksburg.

This leads to all kinds of trouble, but the Logans hold on to their hope even after Mrs. Logan loses her teaching job (very unfairly) and Mr. Logan is injured in a violent attack. The family keeps on hoping and working and standing up for what they believe is right. By the end of the novel, Mr. Logan even burns his own crops so that the neighbors can all join together to fight the fire rather than participate in a lynching.

Here indeed is hope in action. The Logans have hope, but they do not sit back and wait for others to fulfill their hopes. They work to do that themselves, even if it means sacrifice and trouble. For their hope is for a better, peaceful, good life.

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