Narrator and protagonist 9 years old; second-oldest sibling in the family; the only daughter Stubborn, brave Has a fiery temper Has a strong sense of justice—wants to be treated fairly by everyone A little naïve—doesn’t understand why White people mistreat Black people
Cassie is excited to learn from her teacher, Miss Crocker, that they will finally have textbooks Cassie sees that the “new” textbooks are actually rejects from the White school—they are old, torn, beat-up looking Cassie’s brother, Little Man, refuses the books In solidarity, and out of principle, Cassie refuses the books as well Cassie and Little Man are whipped for their decision, but they hold strong to their beliefs
I would not have been as brave as Cassie! I watched as my younger brother, Little Man, bravely gave his book back to Miss Crocker. His voice quivered a bit, but he stood tall. I wanted to help him, to shout “I don’t want my book either!” but I couldn’t do it. I felt like I was glued to my seat. When Miss Crocker said she would have to whip Little Man, tears filled my eyes. He was so brave, and I felt so foolish. Why couldn’t I help him? Why couldn’t I say something? I was ashamed that I didn’t stand by my brother. Some day I hope he is as proud of me as I am of him.
Big Ma takes Cassie, along with Stacey and T.J., to the town of Strawberry They go to the general store to do some shopping for the family The clerk says he’ll help Cassie, but ends up helping all the White customers first Cassie complains to the clerk, who yells at her and embarrasses her by ordering her out of the store
I would have been too humiliated to say anything! As soon as the store clerk started yelling for me to leave, I felt my face burn with embarrassment. I must have turned beet red. This man was being completely unfair, and I hadn’t done anything wrong! But I couldn’t speak. I knew everyone in the store staring at me, and suddenly I felt so small. On the way home, I thought of all the things I could have said, but didn’t. I wanted to go back and give him a piece of my mind! Why had my mind gone blank in the moment?
Last summer, I tried to play baseball with my four cousins (all boys) They told me I couldn’t play because it was a “boys’ game” and that I couldn’t keep up I knew it was unfair, and that I was good enough to play, but I was embarrassed and didn’t say anything
Cassie would have spoken up! Cassie never compromised what she believed in—she spoke her mind even when it got her into trouble Cassie would have argued that she was just as good as anyone else, and would have joined the baseball game anyway Cassie would have been confused about why she was being mistreated—and would not have just walked away!
http://blog.syracuse.com/voices/ 2008/01/large_0120%20voices%2 02.jpg but Cassie’s bravery is timeless! http://www.amren.com/ar/2008/02/05a- SegregationPoster.jpg
SparkNotes. "SparkNotes: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry." SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 June 2010.. Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) (Puffin Modern Classics). New York City: Puffin, 2004.
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