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Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry Coming Of Age

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What makes people grow up? Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is set during the Great Depression, in the rural areas of Mississippi. The majority of the people in this community are sharecroppers, who are greatly dependent on plantation farming. However, the Logan families own their own land. Cassie tries to understand with her family what racism is. Cassie, the narrator leads us through all the disaster and trouble that her and her family have been through. Cassie's interactions with negative uses of power is directly responsible for Cassie's coming of age.

Cassie starts coming of age by taking care of Little Man, and standing up for Little man against people. Every morning, during the way to school Cassie
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Cassie bumped into Lillian Jean while she was walking, and Lillian Jean makes Cassie apologize to her once again even though Cassie already said sorry. Lillian Jean uses her white supremacy to force Cassie to apologize, but Cassie doesn't. Finally, when Big Ma comes Big Ma makes Cassie apologize so that she wouldn't be in trouble, Cassie controls her feeling of arguing and says “I’m sorry…M-Miz…Lillian Jean.” When the words had been spoken, I turned and fled crying into the back of the wagon. No day in all my life had ever been as cruel as this one.”(Pg.79). Cassie is starting to learn how the world is working. She doesn't like that she has to apologize to Lillian Jean, but she learns that that is the right choice to make in the situation. Cassie learns how sometimes that standing up for herself isn't always the right choice to make and how it is essential to control her emotions and actions.

How Cassie interacts with negative use of power forces Cassie to grow up and come of age. Standing up for little man shows how Cassie is taking responsibility and protecting him. Cassie learns how it is sometimes necessary to stand up for herself. Learning how to control her temper makes her grow up and learn how the world
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