What is the climax of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Let us remember that the climax of the story is the moment of greatest emotional intensity that the rising action leads up to. Undoubtedly the climax of this great story comes when Cassie and her brothers take T. J. back to his home after his involvement in the crime that the Simms brothers perpetrated against the Barnetts. Note too that the weather indicates that this is the climax with the massive storm that is about to burst. Having returned T. J. to his home, the narrator and her brothers watch and listen terrified as a group of white men go to T. J.'s house and drag him out, then threaten to go on to the Logan's house and hang Mr. Morrison. The sherrif of course tries to do his best to prevent them, but it is clear that the rage of the mob of white men, like the storm that is just about to be unleashed, has been kindled by the act of violence against the Barnetts. Note how chapter eleven ends with the linking of the weather to the action in this chapter:

Thunder crashed against the corners of the world and lightning split the sky as we reached the road, but we did not stop. We dared not. We had to reach Papa.

Long nursed grudges are now able to be settled and the Logan children recognise that their way of life and family existence is in danger.

How this situation is resolved is part of the resolution of this great novel.

dk3006 | Student

the burning of the logans cotton field.