Analysis Of The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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INTRODUCTION Prejudice and discrimination based on social perceptions are aspects that have far reaching effects on any human being. Such prejudice and discrimination is the consequence of misplaced belief in the existence of superior and inferior races. This is what influenced Martin Luther King, Jr. to fight for equality in America, a struggle that evidently left a mark in history. He yearned to see a day when there would be no segregation. He memorably said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” - (Jr). Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help shares this same optimism as she focuses on bringing to life, the trials and tribulations faced by helps at the hands of their white employers. The novel is set in the 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi where the author was born and raised. Growing up, Kathryn lived by the ‘firm rule that you did not discuss issues of colour’ (KathrynStockett). She opposed this rule by writing The Help in which she proclaims her concerns through the protagonists. The Help is a historical fiction that features three first-person narrators; Aibileen, Minny and Miss Skeeter who aid us to understand the reality of racial and social segregation through their individual accounts. Stockett cleverly includes Skeeter, who is white to make the text reliable. “I just didn 't think that would ever be allowed to sit on the shelf," she

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