Not All Heroes Have Super Powers
As Joseph Campbell once said, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself”(brainyquote.com). In the historical fiction novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, written by Mildred D. Taylor, several characters do everything they can to make the world better, which is truly valiant. In this novel, there were heroes distributed throughout the story. Some characters that exhibited noble attributes are Stacey, Papa, and Mr. Morrison. Stacey, the oldest child in the Logan family, demonstrated bold characteristics through his solution to the school bus tormenting and his willingness to help T.J. Avery in T.J.’s time of need.
The heroic traits of Stacey were displayed throughout his selflessness. An example of Stacey’s lion-hearted actions include when he thought of a way to stop the Jefferson Davis school bus from torturing him and his siblings. Stacey explained his plan to his siblings, Cassie, Little Man, and Christopher-John, saying, “I’ll show y’all how we're gonna stop that bus from splashing us...Cassie, you start digging over there on that side of the road right across from me. That's right, don't get too near the edge. It's gotta looks like it's been washed out. Christopher-John, you and Little Man start scooping out mud from the middle of the road”(pages 50-51). Everyday, Stacey and the other Logan children were being splashed with muddy water by the school bus, and they were desperate for a solution. The fact that Stacey came up with and executed a plan that both stopped the kids from getting splashed and punished the occupants of the school bus demonstrates that Stacey badly wanted to help his siblings, and that he would do anything in his ability to make their situation better. Another example of Stacey’s noble actions is when he decided to help T.J., who was badly injured, get home, even though T.J. had previously treated the Logans poorly. While Cassie was trying to persuade him not to help T.J., Stacey said, “He's hurt bad, Cassie. I gotta get him home”(page 249). Even though T.J. had done terrible things to both Stacey and the Logan family as a whole, Stacey still had the kindness in his soul to help a “friend” out in a time of need. Thus, exhibiting valiant qualities. Although Stacey showed some heroic characteristics through his actions, other characters display similar traits as well, such as Papa, the father of the Logan family.
Papa expressed bold attributes when he pursued to shop in Vicksburg despite all of the threats, and when he found a way to stop the hanging of T.J. without using violence. An example of Papa’s courageous actions is when he decided to continue shopping in Vicksburg, despite all of the threats from the Wallaces, because Papa felt that it is only right for society to avoid shopping at the Wallace Store. When Cassie asks Papa if the Logans were going to stop shopping in Vicksburg, and when Papa is later talking to Mama about the issue, Papa says,...