Weather, especially thunder, often plays a symbolic role in the book, drawing attention during important scenes and events. For example, it’s raining heavily when the school bus
forces the children to jump into a muddy gully—causing them to retaliate by digging a giant ditch for the bus during lunch. Mr. Morrison’s
voice is also described as sounding like thunder, which is linked to the song he sings, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,” a song that expresses defiance in the face of racism and oppression. Rain and thunder are also present when the Wallaces
and Mr. Morrison, and again towards the final confrontation of the book.