Warriors Don’t Cry


Melba Beals

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Terrence Roberts Character Analysis

Roberts was a junior in high school, like Melba, when he joined the Little Rock Nine. She describes him as tall and thin and “a friend since first grade.” Roberts was humorous and incisive. Melba recalls loving the way in which, at their old school, he always hummed “a cheerful tune when he wasn’t talking.” At Central, Melba notices that he has become “nervous” and “not as cheerful.”
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Terrence Roberts Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

The timeline below shows where the character Terrence Roberts appears in Warriors Don’t Cry. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
The other students include Ernest Green, the eldest, Terrence Roberts , Jefferson Thomas, Elizabeth Eckford, Thelma Mothershed, Melba’s “special friend” Minnijean Brown, Carlotta Walls, and... (full context)
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
...statement saying, if he could do it all over again, “he’d do the same thing.” Terrence Roberts quips, if they could do it all over again, they, too, would do the same... (full context)