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Weather and Land Go Hand in Hand

A creative mix of two themes apparent to us in the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. This was made by Dan, Christian, Sam , Savannah, and Kyra from Mrs. Gerhart's seventh grade accelerated class.

Savannah Robinson

on 9 June 2014

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Transcript of Weather and Land Go Hand in Hand

Land is a Symbol of Independence
Here Comes the Sun
Sunshine is an essential section of
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
. In the novel, sunshine represents happiness and peace. For example, when Papa first brings L.T. Morrison over the sun is out it is quite peaceful. However, the more tense and evil moments of the book happen while it is raining or when the sun is down. One example is when T.J. asks the Logans to return him to his abode, this section of the book takes place during the night. One of the happier moments, is the long awaited church revival. The sun is high in the sky burning bright with all the people below it grinning from ear to ear. As you can see, the happier moments of this novel take place when the sun is shining bright.
The Family's Ties With the Land
"They go away, they always come back to it. Couldn't leave it… now all the boys I got is my baby boys, your papa and your Uncle Hammer, and this they place as much as it is mine. They blood's in this land, and here that Harlan Granger always talkin' 'bout buyin' it."
To that end, you can clearly see that land is a symbol of independence. For example, the Logan land bonds the family as a whole. On the other hand, weather is a crucial portion of the novel. As you can see, weather affects a segment of your cranium to make you feel a certain way. Additionally, in the story, when the cotton fire or other tragic events occur, it begins to rain. On the contrary, when Cassie becomes ecstatic about a certain event, the weather gives off a jovial mindset or mood.With the prior examples, you will notice that this has occurred numerous times in the novel. In the novel, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry weather and land go hand in hand.
Weather and Land Go Hand in Hand
By: Dan Bottiglieri, Sam Forsell, Christian Perrine, Savannah Robinson, and Kyra Smith
A Storm is Coming
Humidity plays a pivotal role in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. Specifically, in the novel, the air is humid before the final revival, and a storm is sure to come, showing that something colossal is beginning to happen. Later in the book, an immense fight occurs, which is a very emotional time for everyone. We all know that an immense event is about to occur, but we are unsure of what it is at this point. Clearly, humidity in this novel's case riles up the senses.
Independence is a phenomenal quality and land is a great example of it. The Logans' land kept them together as a family and showed the rest of the world that they were not slaves. In fact, no one owned them, except themselves. On the other hand, weather is a crucial aspect of this novel. Your natural surroundings produce a mental effect that makes you feel a certain way. This is done multiple times throughout the novel. Here we have a few examples of how weather relates to emotion and how they relate to the book as well. Each form of weather has a unique, connected emotion, but we stuck to the ones from the novel.
"Look out there, Cassie girl. All that belongs to you. You ain't never had to live on nobody's place but your own and as long as I live and the family survives, you'll never have to. That's important. You may not understand now, but one day you will. Then you'll see."
This quote, spoken by Big Ma, means that the family doesn't want to leave the land or sell the land because it is in their family and is part of their childhood. Although Big Ma and Paul Edward didn't grow up there, they watched their children and grandchildren grow up there. The land is not only a symbol of independence for the family, but also a symbol of togetherness. Losing the land would mean losing a part of the families blood.
Papa pays great attention to the amount of independence the Logans have. Since he owns land, the Logans have a bit more independence than the rest of the African Americans in Mississippi. Papa isn't fond of the Wallaces or Simmses, and he believes it is wrong to treat African Americans differently for their skin color. He doesn't want any of his family near dangerous Caucasians, for he fears men such as Harlan Granger will find a way to take their land away, and he knows from experience what they're capable of.
When it Rains, it Pours
The Importance of Independence
The Logan's land symbolized independence, which is a key factor in their life. They feel independent because, unlike other African American friends, they own their own land. Owning land is uncommon for African Americans because Caucasian people segregate the African Americans. It is important for the family to own their own land because it shows the Caucasian people that, even if they aren't treated equally, they are able to live similar to the Caucasians. Also, it goes to show that people can bounce back after a time of harsh treatment and segregation.
"Some of it belonged to Stacey, Christopher-John, and Little Man, not to mention the part that belonged to Big Ma, Mama, and Uncle Hammer...But Papa never divided the land in his mind; it was simply Logan land."
Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry
, rain represents depression. For example, rain allows the rude bus driver to splash mud on the Logans as they go to school. Furthermore, it is because of this that they begin to realize why they're being mistreated. In fact, since the rude bus driver always wrecks their pristine clothes, they nearly tip the bus in a prank. As you can see, weather connects to human emotions in
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
, because it creates mud that the bus driver splashes on the Logan children, causing them to be depressed and very mad.
"Effects of Weather on Human Emotions." Effects of Weather on Human Emotions. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 June 2014. <http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15843/1/Effects-of-Weather-on-Human-Emotions.html>.

Shmoop Editorial Team. "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Land Ownership Quotes Page 1." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 5 June 2014.

"GCSE Theme of Land - Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry Coursework, Essay and Homework Help from Marked By Teachers.com." GCSE Theme of Land - Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry Coursework, Essay and Homework Help from Marked By Teachers.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 June 2014.
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