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Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

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Transcript of Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

Warriors Don’t Cry
, by Melba Pattillo Beals, is an autobiography of the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Melba writes her struggles of being a part of the 1957 Little Rock nine. The nine African-American high school students that integrate Central High. She endures many threats and “punches”, but she is determined to integrate schools with the encouraging words of her mother and grandmother. Melba survives her junior year, but the governor, Governor Faubus, shuts down Central High the following year, not allowing anymore integration. Melba goes on to live across the country and goes to another school, where she is once again the only black student. She is an excellent student and all she wanted was too understand why whites and blacks weren't equal. She just wanted to make things right.

Summary
Conflict
The characters in Warriors Don’t Cry have a big conflict that they have to face. They must integrate Central High School. These students have to face many white segregationists. Integrating this high school is nothing they ever thought they would have to do. The Little Rock Nine students take many threats and abusive actions that may scar them for life. Their conflict is trying to make it through a whole school year alive and to not get expelled with angry segregationists on their backs.
Climax
The climax of the novel is when Governor Faubus finally allows a step forward in integration. Before the black students were allowed in to Central High they had to wait several years and then months before the governor was told to move forward. When they finally were allowed to attend school in 1957 it was a huge move towards integration. This was the biggest part of the story since so many people were unwilling and un-accepting of integration.

Characters
There are many characters in the novel Warriors Don’t Cry that play a major role in a lot of the events. Here is a list of a few:
Melba Pattillo Beals
Grandma India
Lois Pattillo (Melba’s mother)
Conrad Pattillo (Melba’s brother)
Vince (Melba’s boyfriend)
Link (white friend of Melba)
Danny (Melba’s white bodyguard)
Little Rock Nine Students:
Minnijean Brown (Melba’s close friend)
Elizabeth Eckford
Ernest Green
Thelma Mothershed
Terrance Roberts
Jefferson Thomas
Carlotta Walls
Gloria Karlmark

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Melba Pattillo Beals
Minnijean Brown
Ernest Green was the first African-
American to graduate from Central High
Resolution
Mood
The mood of a story is the tone of it or how it makes you feel. This novel, Warriors Don’t Cry, can make you feel many things. Sadness, hatred, sympathy, and many other things. The main mood is probably sympathy because as you read the book you feel bad for the nine students that have to face harsh words and actions for something they didn't do or just because of their skin color. As I read the book I really felt bad for them and wished that they didn't have to go through that.

Point of View
Setting
The point of view is the narrators position in relation to the story being told. In this novel it is being told in 1st person because it is being told in the main characters view. Melba is telling the story through her eyes.

Warriors Don’t Cry takes place in 1957 Little Rock, Arkansas. Most of the events take place at Central High School where nine students are trying to integrate Little Rock high schools.
In
Warriors Don't Cry
there isn't an actual resolution. Once the nine students make it through a school year, Governor Faubus closes down all high schools in Little Rock, which doesn't help the process of integration. Melba does, however, find a resolution for herself. She goes to live with a white family in California to continue school. There is not a resolution in the book, but eventually schools do become integrated.
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