Friday, 7 June 2013
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry is based in America, Mississippi, just after the slave trade has been banned. There is still a lot of tension between the blacks and whites and Cassie seems to come up in the middle of it.
I don't know whether Mildred D. Taylor wants us to sympathise with Cassie or not but Cassie seems similar to any preteen and comes across as very angry and headstrong rather than following the good examples of her parents. Although I agree that the world she lived in was very challenging rather than trying to make a difference Cassie wanted to fight and that only made things worse. I personally find it much easier to sympathise with a lesser character called Jeremy who try's much harder to make things right.
Mildred D. Taylor writes this book in a gripping style she leads you along Cassie's path as she fights to survive in Mississippi in the 1930's. The book tells you a lot about the inequality that ordinary people faced every day and the torture of being treated as a lesser being when really you were exactly the same. That just because of your face colour you got paid less or had less privileges. In Mildred D. Taylor's book it tells you how one girl copes.