Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry Compare And Contrast Essay

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Activity # 1: (RESEARCHING) Peruse newspapers, magazines, and other resources for current events that reflect the conflicts the Logans faced in the novel. Discuss how these conflicts in our society are or are not being resolved. Compare/contrast these "resolutions" to the outcomes in the book.

Activity # 2: (ART) Injustice is a theme of this novel. Create a photo essay that illustrates injustice in our society. Take photographs of either natural or staged instances of injustice. (Photos do not need to include people.) Display the photos in a logical order on a stiff board background, and include captions under each photograph (no other text needed). Your photos should deliver your message.

Activity # 3: (WRITING) Write a journal entry from the viewpoint of either Cassie or Stacey in response to T.J.'s involvement with the Simms brothers and what happened to T.J. as a result of this involvement.


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor was published in 1976 by Penguin Books, Inc., NY NY.

For information on the author MILDRED TAYLOR.

While Jeremy Simms and T.J. Avery are both friends of the Logans, Jeremy risks much more in this friendship than does T. J., who like the homonym of his name, aviary, takes flight from difficult situations.  Jeremy, the brother of Lillian Jean who is so cruel to Cassie Logan, intrepidly risks castigation from the other white children and punishment by his father, Charlie Simms by walking with the children to school and by bringing to the...

While Jeremy Simms and T.J. Avery are both friends of the Logans, Jeremy risks much more in this friendship than does T. J., who like the homonym of his name, aviary, takes flight from difficult situations.  Jeremy, the brother of Lillian Jean who is so cruel to Cassie Logan, intrepidly risks castigation from the other white children and punishment by his father, Charlie Simms by walking with the children to school and by bringing to the house Christmas presents for the Logans.  On the other hand, the disloyal T. J. does not stand by the Logans during any of the racial crises.  He is underhanded, as well.  For instance, he tells the kind-hearted Christopher-John that the coat which Uncle Hammer has given him is too big for the boy, and, Christoper-John tells his mother,

"...T. J. said it made me look like a preacher...and he said since it fit him just right, he'd....take it off my hands till I grow into it,, then thataway all the guys would stop laughing at me and calling me preacher."

In his most egregious act of disloyalty, a disgruntled T. J. reports Mrs. Logan for having begun the boycott of the Wallace store because she has failed him.  This traitorous act causes Mrs. Logan her teaching position. 

Certainly, Jeremy Simms and T. J. Avery are the antithesis of each other as Jeremy is a character who represents compassion and unselfish friendship--although he does run after his sister Lillian Jean when Cassie retaliates against her--while T.J. is self-serving and uncaring of others. 

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