What was T.J's relationship with his friends in in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?I know that his relationship with his new friends didn't go well because the Simms' make him commit a crime, and they...

What was T.J's relationship with his friends in in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

I know that his relationship with his new friends didn't go well because the Simms' make him commit a crime, and they acted as if they were his friends.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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T.J. Avery is one of the least likable characters in Mildred Taylors novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. His behavior angers the Logans, who are still among his best friends. When he deservedly receives a failing grade for cheating in Miss Logan's class, he reports her to the white administrators, lying about the situation. He lures Stacey to the Wallace's store, getting Stacey in trouble in the process. His lies continue, alienating most of his old friends. He eventually joins up with the Simms' in the hope of getting rich quick, but he finds out too late that they are only using him. Disloyal and deceitful, T.J.'s behavior proves to be the polar opposite of that of the other African-American characters.

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TJ had a very bad relationship with his friends. He tried to impress them by hanging around with the simms. In the end this turned out to be a very bad idea. TJ bullied Stacey into giving him his new coat. He used Stacey, he stuck notes for the test under his and Staceys desk. When the teacher found them she blamed Stacey even though they were TJs notes. When the teacher asked if it was someone else TJ never owned up. He let Stacey get a whipping. This shows that Tj didnt realise what he had till it was gone.

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