Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


Mildred Taylor

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Symbols


Land represents independence, family, and community in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The land represents the Logans’ independence from the power structure around them, since by working their own plot of land the… (read full symbol analysis)


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… (read full symbol analysis)

Modes of Transportation

Cars and buses, like land, represent power and autonomy. Harlan Granger's car, for example, demonstrates that he has money. It also shows that he’s in control of his own transportation, unlike black landowners such… (read full symbol analysis)