Character Analysis: The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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Allie Henson
English 3A
Mr. Boatwright
2.27.14
The Help
There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroad, afraid, confused, without a roadmap. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. Of course when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back. One person can change many lives – for better or worse. In “The Help”, a novel by Kathryn Stockett, there is a young white woman, Skeeter, who lives in Jackson, Mississippi, and uses her talent of writing in order to open the eyes of the people around her and to give realization of separation between the whites and colored. Skeeter’s book discussed the ideas of equality, unity among all and impacts of other’s opinions that can ruin one’s innocence.
This book strongly addresses the idea of equality and opportunity for everyone. Skeeter is constantly pushed by her mother and friends to get married. She never has the opportunity to choose for herself and “[She] always looks like somebody else told her what to wear” (5). The author said this right in the beginning of the book to give the impression that she does not relate to her friends and the other white ladies. They are always the ones telling others how to live, and therefore tells that Skeeter is more in relation to the colored maids who can never decide for themselves.
Women at that time were only seen as being the housewife, committing the rest of their lives to staying at home with their children. This idea and lifestyle was pushed so much that Skeeter claimed, “I’ll never be able to tell Mother I want to be a writer. She’ll only turn it into yet another thing that separates me from the married girls” (65). Realizing the lack of support her mother gives, she...

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...elieve in lines. [She] doesn’t anymore. They were in our heads. Lines between black and white weren’t there either. Some folks just made those up a long time ago” (378). Everyone is born into this world innocent, and it is only the influences of others that plant the seed that further taint ways of thinking.
Skeeter was brave in the way that she stood up for ideas of equality, unity among all and impacts of other’s opinions that can ruin the innocence of children. She took risks in discussing those major ideas in order to make a change in the future and to prevent future generations from making the same mistakes. Yet she understood that tragedies happen, and giving up wasn’t an option for her. The pain everyone feels: it’s life. The confusion and fear is there to remind that somewhere out there is something better, and that something is worth fighting for.

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