Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Novel Analysis

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“It was slow-going at first, but I was determined to feed us….sometimes I managed to shoot a squirrel or rabbit for stew,...I harvested with my father’s pictures. I kept us alive.” This is a quote from Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games with a teenager named Katniss Everdeen talking about how after her father died she had to feed her family and mature faster to take her father’s place. This idea, of how when children are faced with a difficult situation that they must grow up faster, appears throughout the novel. The novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor and the novel, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins share this similar theme. Although the characters go through fairly different things, they are both faced with difficulty and must grow up fairly quickly compared to other children who did not go through these things. When faced with some sort of calamity, a young person is forced to lose their childhood innocence and grow up faster. The novel, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins is a part of a trilogy that deals with sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen who lives in a post-apocalyptic North America which has been divided into twelve districts and is governed by a corrupt dictator named President Snow. Every year he forces each district to send one boy and one girl aged twelve to …show more content…
In Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor, a black family living in Mississippi in the 1930s are oppressed by the racial bias that was prevalent in the south at that time. After reading both works, I discovered that they share an identical theme. Whether it be systematic racism or having to fight to the death with other children. When bestowed with an unyielding footing, children are coerced to do away with their childhood and to mature