Since “The Son’s Veto” is a story about class prejudice, there are many occurrences of different ways in which people address others. In the beginning of the story, Sam and Sophy are talking to each other, and they are simply using each other’s Christian names, just as good friends would. And when Sophy goes upstairs to talk to the vicar a little later, she calls him “sir”. This is a direct point that shows us the different ways of talking to other classes. Within there own class they talk the same but to someone in a highly class than them they must address them properly, with ‘sir’ or ‘madam’.
Soon after, the vicar speaks to Sophy and says, “No, Sophy, lame or not lame, I cannot let you go. ” He calls her Sophy, so he obviously believes that she is of a lower social class than him. Later on in the story, when the vicar has died and Sophy is left a widow, she sees Sam again, but this time something’s different, he talks to her and he says, “well, Mrs Twycott, I knew you lived along here somewhere. ” Sam now addresses her as Mrs Twycott, because he now thinks that she is of a higher class than him, because she married to a vicar.
In “Roll of thunder” the prejudice against the blacks is very extreme, all sorts of things happen. Some of them are quite simple, such as the black kids being ignored in Barnett’s mercantile, to the burning of the Berry’s. The whites try to find any excuse they can to do things to the blacks, when they burned the berry’s house down, it was just because someone overheard there son saying something about a girl, and he got killed for it. I don’t think there would be very many people who would agree to that.
In “The son’s veto”, the class prejudice is not that of a violent nature, but it’s of an emotional nature, and although there are no physical incidents in the book, the suffering would still hurt. Having people tell you what to do and what you should be like, being forced to have the bottom end of everything, the leftovers from the higher classes. And as I said before, it even happens in family. In “Roll of thunder”, all the white people, but a few, are racist. We also see that all the blacks in the stories are innocent. None of them seem to do any wrong. This however, is very far from the truth.
People who read this book, who may not know about the history of prejudice to blacks, will gain a false perception of what life was like in their times. Granted, the incidents in the book probably did happen but the perfect blacks and the evil whites, it’s just not a good way of showing what life was like. Mildred Taylor should have shown more of the good side of the whites, and more of the bad sides of the blacks, I feel that the book is biased towards blacks, maybe to produce more of a shock factor to what time was like in the southern states of America of 1933, or maybe because the writer was black.
In “The Son’s Veto”, I think that Hardy give the impression that Sophy doesn’t really have any close friends or relatives who she can go and see or talk to, also we get the feeling that Randalph is quite a horrible person. Even though Sophy is the mother, he sill looks down on her and corrects her with things that she says or does. He quite simply embarrasses he. She makes no effort to talk to him about it or act upon it, because she accepts that he is of a higher social class than her, we feel a lot of sympathy for Sophy, she is perhaps, one of the most felt for characters in the story.
In “Roll Of Thunder”, the language is a mix of standard English and Southern states of America dialect. Here they have words like “y’all” and “gonna”. There is a lot of slang in this book, with most of the letters of the letters off the end of the words missed out, such as when T. J says “like my grandfather looked jus’ ‘fore they buried him. ” The language is quite difficult to understand because of all the abbreviations, but when the narrator, Cassie, speaks, it is very easy to understand because she doesn’t use the slang.
I think that this is maybe to make the reader feel more comfortable reading the book, so they don’t become too overwhelmed with the language. This is very different to “The Son’s Veto”, as this is full of “posh”, late 19th century English. Words such as “fastidiousness”, which means pickiness, and “reverie” meaning daydream. This makes the story a lot harder to understand because of the complicated grammar. But there are characters in the story that are easier to understand, yet still not quite correct.
When Sam speaks to Sophy, he says “I have often looked out for ‘ee. ” Just as in “Roll”, there are abbreviations and slang. So there are some similarities, but the words in “The Son’s Veto” are much more difficult to read because of the formal grammar. I think the author has done this because the fashion of words at the time, was words like this, especially among the higher social classes. I think that in “Roll of thunder”, there are no successful changes between race groups. The only person who has been accepted as a friend of the blacks is Mr. Jamison.
Jeremy Simms may have been one as well but David Logan says to him “Right now you and Jeremy might get along fine, but in a few years he’ll think of himself as a man but you’ll still be a boy to him, and if he feels that way, he’ll turn on you in a minute. ” So Papa Logan is in a way being prejudiced himself, using the stereotype of white people against Jeremy, who is a good person. I think in relation to attitudes today, “Roll Of Thunder”, is quite a powerful story, because there is still racism around. It is not as much of an issue today as it was back then, but it’s still here.
I feel that it always will be here. No matter how much people try, there will always be some who are this shallow. In “The Son’s Veto”, there are no successful class changes. I think that this is because of the snobbery related to the higher classes. That even though Sophy married someone in a high class, she still wasn’t allowed in. I think that class segregation is much less of a problem than it was back then, there is still some sort of mild, class order in today’s society, most probably between the super-rich, and the rest of us.
I don’t think there would be many people at all who would want class segregation back, and if they did, chances are they’d probably be Lord or Lady someone. Maybe there’s still a snob factor among the higher than us. By Ross McFadyen Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mildred Taylor section.