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Nearer the end of the book, he deals with another situation he faces in a very childish, careless manner, showing that he just wants it over with as soon as possible, and that he doesn’t really care about what is happening, just about himself and his reputation. TJ is about to be hung on Granger Land, by the nightmen for shooting Jim Lee Barnett, and instead of stopping them from murdering TJ, Mr Granger simply says they have to do it on someone else’s land.
“Mr. Granger sent word by me that he ain’t gonna stand for no hanging on his place.
He say y’all touch one hair on that boy’s head while he on this land, he’s gonna hold every man here responsible. ” However eventually Harlan Granger does stop the hanging, to deal with a different difficulty that he is faced with, but his only true motives for this are because the Logan land is on fire and firstly he wants the land, and secondly he doesn’t want the fire to spread and destroy his own land. “Dry as that timber is, a fire catch hold it won’t stop burning for a week. Give that boy to Wade like he wants and get on up there! ”
All in all, Harlan Granger’s ways of dealing with difficulties and situations that he is faced with are not well thought out, and he only deals with them out of selfishness, or for his own reasons rather than to help others. Papa is an adult like Harlan Granger, but he too has different ways of dealing with difficulties and situations that he is faced with. Papa deals with things he more logical way. He shows braveness, and philanthropy throughout the novel, dealing with things in a way that will benefit others more than himself, if not solely for others.
At the end of the book, when TJ is in trouble, Papa shows the best signs of doing all he can to help others. Even though the Logans are not well off, Papa sets fire to their cotton field, in order to distract the nightmen from hanging TJ, because he knows that they will come and try to put it out. This results in uniting the community. “Papa stared out as a bolt of lightning splintered the night into a dazzling brilliance. ” He is clever, because like Cassie, he plans the situation before he goes through with it, working out how he can make the fire look accidental, realising that the lightning could have struck.
He doesn’t tell a soul or admit to it, so that no harm can come to him. “folks thinkin’ that lightning struck that fence of yours and started the fire… ” “It’s better, I think that you stay clear of this whole thing now David… ” “… Or somebody might start wondering about that fire… ” For his final difficulty, Papa is faced with his four children asking what will become of their friend, TJ. He doesn’t lie to them, and yet he doesn’t directly answer their question when they ask if TJ could die, so he is not hurting them but they still know. “I ain’t never lied to y’all, y’all know that.
” “Well, I… I wish I could lie to y’all now. ” To sum up Papa’s character, he is very much like his daughter, calculating, clever, and planning everything, but he is much wiser, and doesn’t act childish. His actions usually result in helping other people, they rarely hurt people unnecessarily. He is very unlike Harlan Granger, because he doesn’t have his own private agenda. 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.