The Help By Kathryn Stockett

analytical Essay
955 words
955 words

Jordan Conway English II H Outside Novel Essay 11 October 2014 The Help The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett, is a story set in the early 1960 's about three women in Jacksonville, Mississippi, Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. The story shows how these characters progress and face their inner demons as they struggle to make a statement in a world of hate and segregation and give voice to the black maids of Mississippi. Aibileen, a sweet kind hearted women, works for the Leefolt 's as a maid and has been for many years. She creates a strong mother like bond with their baby girl Mae Mobley whom she considers to be her "special baby" (Stockett. 6). Her inner demon is dealing with the death of her young son and although it is not the focus of her …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Introduces kathryn stockett's the help, a story about three women in jacksonville, mississippi, aibileen, minny, and skeeter.
  • Analyzes how skeeter and aibileen teamed up to write a book of true stories about their experiences as the ‘help’ to the white women of jackson, mississippi and the entire country.
  • Analyzes how stockett was trying to show that racial prejudice corrupted society and separated communities through violence and judgments toward people of a different color.
  • Analyzes how kathryn stockett's novel explores the worst of the false stereotypes about black people that they are lazy, dirty, carry diseases, and are in general less intelligent and less valuable than whites.

Minny is also a maid who, because of her sassy mouth, frequently transitions between jobs and bosses. Immediately readers identify that Minny is courageous and that her anger and snarky remarks get her into trouble quite often as she struggles with keeping her thoughts to herself. She questions why she has to act kind and polite to white people she doesn 't respect or care for, "I saw the way my mama acted when Miss Woodra brought her home, all yes Ma 'aming, no Ma 'aming...Why I got to be like that. I know how to stand up to people." (Stockett, 47) Skeeter, a privileged white girl who just recently graduated from college plans to be a writer. She affiliates herself with other southern house wives who have their own social club referring it to, The League. Skeeter is differnt from your typical person in Mississippi who treats blacks as equal and views the as any normal person. These thoughts were developed as a young child after creating a deep and personal relationship with her maid, Constantine "All my life I 'd been told what to believe about politics, coloreds, being a girl. But with Constantine 's thumb pressed in my …show more content…

She shows how these fictions are woven into the fabric of everyday life in Jackson, from the laws to ordinary conversations, and how these beliefs get passed from generation to generation. It shows a deep mistrust of whites on the part of the black community, who have been betrayed by them again and again. It also shows how powerful and how dangerous it can be to challenge the stereotypes and dissolve the lines that are meant to separate people from each other on the basis of skin

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