Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

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"Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor

What do you think about TJ Avery in this novel do you hate him for his
bad deeds or pity him?

TJ is quite a confusing character. On one I had I pity him because of
all the misfortune in his life, through his own fault though. Although
on the other hand I think he is a complacent character, who thinks the
world solely revolves around him. He seems to feel that the world owes
him a living, a living he is not prepared to work for!

I pity TJ because he has never really had any discipline and although
discipline can be harsh. There is one advantage to it, guidance.
Although TJ appears to be taking advantage of his fathers situation
and lack of discipline. I feel that TJ has never really had a role
model whom he can look up to instead it seems to me that he has almost
had to fend for himself. TJ is being played like a fool between RW and
Melvin Simms, he really seems to feel that they like him and doesn’t
really realise what their nasty plan is going to result in. as TJ has
never had a friend he doesn’t really know the meaning of true
friendship. However the readers know that the Simmses are far from

I feel that TJ does deserve some pity because it’s not his fault he
has had no discipline it’s nobody’s fault but I do think that if he
was a kind considerate person he would make his parents proud of him
rather than give them grief and stress.

There are only two instances in the book that I feel hatred towards TJ
this is the sacking of mama Logan and the killing and injuring of Mr
and Mrs Jim lee Barnett. The sacking of Mrs Logan's was totally
unfair. This is because it was TJ’s fault he didn’t revise and got

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whipped but he should not have gone to the Wallaces and said that Mrs
Logan was not teaching the right stuff.

TJ may not have realised at the time what he was going to do at the
mercantile. However he still went through with it. He has taking part
in theft and also murder; the blood is now on TJ’s hands.

I don’t always think that TJ’s deeds are right although I feel a
certain degree of pity towards him.
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