Literary Conflict in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Conflict

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There are many, many conflicts that arise in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Some are physical, and some are inherent in the properties of the story’s setting.


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Literary Conflict Examples

MAN vs. MAN

Stacey fights with T.J. after T.J. cheated on a test and Stacey got in trouble for it. Mama found T.J.’s cheat sheet in Stacey’s possession and whipped Stacey.


MAN vs. SELF

Stacey feels responsible for Papa's broken leg because he wasn't strong enough to hold Jack when Papa was shot trying to fix the wheels. Papa's gunshot wound was not serious, but the broken leg stops Papa from being able to work.


MAN vs. SOCIETY

Cassie is made to address a white child as if she were superior to her and to apologize for something that wasn't her fault. In the Mississippi society at the time, black people were viewed as inferior to white people.


MAN vs. NATURE

The fire in the cotton field threatens the livelihood of the Logan family. In addition, if the fire were to spread beyond the Logan land, all of the surrounding land would be in danger too. The Logans and the other members of the community work hard to put out the fire.



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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.


  1. Identify conflicts in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.

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