Please wait while we process your payment
If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. Sometimes it can end up there.
Don’t have an account?
Create Your Account
Sign up for your FREE 7-day trial
Already have an account? Log in
Choose Your Plan
$4.99/month + tax
$24.99/year + tax
Save over 50% with a SparkNotes PLUS Annual Plan!
for a group?
Get Annual Plans at a discount when you buy 2 or more!
$18.74 /subscription + tax
Subtotal $37.48 + tax
on 2-49 accounts
on 50-99 accounts
Want 100 or more?
for a customized plan.
You'll be billed after your free trial ends.
7-Day Free Trial
Renews October 2, 2023
September 25, 2023
Discounts (applied to next billing)
This is not a valid promo code.
(one code per order)
Annual Plan - Group Discount
SparkNotes Plus subscription is $4.99/month or $24.99/year as selected above. The free trial period is the first 7 days of your subscription. TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. You may cancel your subscription on your Subscription and Billing page or contact Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subscription will continue automatically once the free trial period is over. Free trial is available to new customers only.
For the next 7 days, you'll have access to awesome PLUS stuff like AP English test prep, No Fear Shakespeare translations and audio, a note-taking tool, personalized dashboard, & much more!
You’ve successfully purchased a group discount. Your group members can use the joining link below to redeem their group membership. You'll also receive an email with the link.
Members will be prompted to log in or create an account to redeem their group membership.
Thanks for creating a SparkNotes account! Continue to start your free trial.
Your PLUS subscription has expired
*See discount terms and conditions.
Full title The Land
Author Mildred D. Taylor
Type of work Novel
Genre Historical fiction, young adult novel, African-American fiction
Time and place written Late 1990s, Colorado
Date of first publication 2001
Publisher Phyllis Fogelman
Narrator Paul-Edward Logan
Point of View The narrator speaks in the first person, and he tells the story of his youth from an adult perspective. His perspective is subjective, and he only narrates his own observations of other characters' emotions or motivations.
Tone Paul narrates his story as though he is handing down family history—honestly but with obvious passion for his subject matter.
Setting (time) Post-Civil War era
Setting (place) Georgia, Texas, and Mississippi
Protagonist Paul-Edward Logan
Major Conflict Paul, the son of a white landowner and his black mistress, is estranged from his family and possessed by a singular desire to own several hundred acres of land. He struggles to purchase the land, hindered by a racist social structure in postbellum south.
Rising Action After suffering several setbacks, Paul, with the help of his friend Mitchell, finally manages to finance a deal on the 200 acres of land he wants. However, an angry poor white man shoots Mitchell and Paul's horse, leaving Paul with almost no means to meet his payments on the land.
Climax Paul's estranged white brother appears with an envelope from Paul's black sister, Cassie. Inside is his mother's bequeathal: enough money to pay for the land.
Falling Action Paul proposes to his sweetheart, Caroline, and moves with her to his hard-won land.
Themes The nature of kinship; passive methods of fighting oppression; the intersection of class and racial oppression
Motifs Loyalty; haggling; naming, unnaming, renaming; reading and writing
Symbols Horses; land; the rocking chair
Foreshadowing Paul's defense of Mitchell foreshadows Robert's betrayal of Paul; the presence of the two white boys on the forty acres foreshadows trouble for the black men
Ace your assignments with our guide to The Land!