Mildred D. Taylor's Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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In the historical fiction novel, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,” written by Mildred D. Taylor, Stacey, a young boy of color, faces an internal conflict regarding whether Jeremy or T.J. would be the best choice of a friend for him. Throughout the narrative, Stacey presents that he understands that both Jeremy and himself would be safer if they stayed away from each other and that a friendship with T.J. would be completely accepted in that era. However, Jeremy would be the better choice for a friend for Stacey because he shows real respect for the entirety of the Logan family, he is honest when it comes to realizing his misconduct, and he proves to be much different than his racist family. Although T.J. seems to be a fairly acceptable acquaintance to Stacey, he shows no actual respect towards Stacey and only uses him…show more content…
On the contrary, Jeremy has never once manipulated Stacey or the Logan family and has only displayed the same respect to them as anyone else. For example, in the narrative, Stacey receives a coat from his relative, Uncle Hammer and T.J soons takes it after exploiting Stacey just enough to push him into giving the coat up. The author writes, “ ‘ ... T.J said it made me look a fat preacher…and he said since it fit him just right, he’d...he’d take it off my hands till I grow into it,’ “(page 141). This shows that T.J. does not care about Stacey one bit, but instead he only concerns himself with the matter of Stacey because of what benefits comes with it. In addition, T.J. would most likely never take the coat if he said it had looked distasteful on Stacey, yet he gets it anyway because he knows the most effective way of fulfilling his outrageous plans. On the other hand, Jeremy has proven himself to be an immensely thoughtful and an overall respectful friend as in one case, he gives a present to Stacey and his family even though he was never asked to or even obliged to do so. The text states, “Jeremy nodded
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