Importance of Family in “Little Women” and “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”

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Essay #: 068356
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Importance of Family in "Little Women" and "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"
While the two novels – Little Women and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – are very different works, created in different eras and exploring different aspects of social life in periods from American history, they share a common theme of the importance of family bonds in times of social stress. This essay will explore the theme of the importance of family in both novels, with a particular focus on the similarities in how each novel – though depicting very different families dealing with different social pressures in distinct social contexts – explores the phenomenon of a family falling back on itself and relying on strengthened bonds between family members of a means of...
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.....nt that his mother raised earlier with Cassie, talking about how the family’s blood was in the land. Hammer does not care about money, or sacrificing his car, because what he really cares about is his brother and the family.
In conclusion, we have seen how in both Little Women and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry the theme of the importance of family is of primary concern. While these novels are very different, it is interesting how they both reflect this theme, and how families fall back on self-reliance and mutual support in coping with difficult – even violent and threatening – social and economic environments.
References
Alcott, L.M. (1868). Little women. New York: Puffin.
Taylor, M.D. (1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry. New York: Puffin.