Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry Paper

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Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry


"Jeremy Simms & TJ Avery are two relativly minor characters in the story ROTHMC. However,
they both reinforce the themes." Discuss Aprox 1000 words


There are many important Themes in the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. These themes
include: racial prejudice, loyalty, honesty, friendship, personal integrity and respect
for others. Although Jeremy Simms and TJ Avery are fairly minor people in the book, their
characters are used to inforce and strengthen the themes of the novel.


We first meet TJ Avery when Cassie, Stacey, Little Man and Christopher-John are walking to
school. Right from the very start we find out that none of them actually likes TJ, except
for Stacey. The reader sees that he is a liar, a cheat and a coward. He is ashamed of
being black and he lets the Logan family down in many ways throughout the novel.


One of the ways that he lets them down is when he gets Miz Logan fired. He went up to the
store and told Kaleb Wallace that Miz Logan failed him on purpose and that she was
destroying school property.

'...I got fired...Harlen Granger came to the school with Kaleb Wallace and one of the
school board members. Somebody told them about those books I'd pasted over...but that
was only an excuse.'; (Pg 151)

This highlights some of the themes by TJ's total lack of loyalty and personal integrity.

One of TJ's biggest mistakes in the book is befriending two white boys, R.W. and Melvin
Simms (Jeremy's brothers). He thinks they are his friends and he doesn't know that they
are just using him. By hanging around with these two he ends up getting himself in a lot
of trouble. They talk him into stealing the 'pearl-handled pistol' from the Barnett's
store.

'R.W. broke the lock off the gun case with an axe and gave TJ the much-longed- for gun.';
But it goes terribly wrong and TJ wants out, R.W. and Melvin force him to stay.
'...R.W. whopped Mr Barnett solidly on the head from behind with the flat of the
axe...Mrs Barnett dashed across the room and flailed into R.W....Trying to escape
her grasp, R.W. slapped at her and she fell back, hitting her head against one of the
stoves, and did not move...'; (Pg 197)


So, although TJ thought that being friends with white folk would benefit him, he got in a
lot of trouble. All the whites come after TJ and try to murder him. Mr Logan sacrifices
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