"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" theme essay

Submitted By malloryclare
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry The theme of the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is to stand up for what you believe in no matter the consequences. Surprisingly, many young characters did this throughout the story. These exceptional kids are very confident when it comes to a strong view they obtain.
The first example of standing up for what you believe in no matter the consequences is Little Man and Cassie refused to take the book that said “nigra” in it. They did not except the condition of the book and did not want a shabby handy-down just because they were black. They believe they should be treated equally when it comes to education and school supplies. Cassie speaks up for both her and Little Man by talking about it to Miss Croker. “I turned back around ‘Miz Crocker,’ I said, “I don’t want my book either.’” (27) Cassie turned down the book. It resulted into Miss Crocker telling her mother and even though Mama had agreed about the unfairness of the book with Cassie and Little Man, they still had to suffer a spank.
Another young character to display their moral courage is Jeremy for doing the right thing in his eyes even if he gets punished for it. Jeremy is unlike the other white kids, he wants to befriend the Logans and other black kids. He believes that race does not determine friendship, and you should be friends with people who make you happy no matter the color. Instead of taking the bus to his school, he walks with the black kids. “He was often ridiculed by the other children at his school and had shown up more than once with wide red welts on his arms,” (14). Jeremy suffered extreme consequences like shown in the passage, he was made fun of and beaten by his own family. Jeremy continued to hang out with the Logans though, because he viewed friendship and doing the right thing was worth the ill-treatment.
Cassie was assertive when it came to her beliefs, she was bossed…