EXAMPLE: Skeeter’s mom is pressured by the Women’s League into firing her maid of more than twenty years, Constantine. Skeeter’s mom had come to love Constantine and Constantine’s daughter, yet the Women’s League expected her to treat black maids and visitors as inferior. The Women’s League seemed shocked that any white person would have an attachment to a black maid; this shows their fearful reaction to equality between races.
The truth that many black women have failed to realize is that we teach people how to treat us by the way we treat ourselves. How we take care of ourselves projects a clear picture of how we want others to treat us. For instance, you can usually tell how your treating yourself by the way others are treating you. Other people will treat you with value, respect, love, and dignity, if you are treating yourself with the same value, respect, love and dignity. We must love ourselves enough to take care of our physical bodies by practicing healthier eating habits, sleeping better, exercising, meditating, and doing things that release positive energy in our lives.
In Rankins book Citizen and Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son we learn that the books are about the racial differences of the past and present. We learn that in Notes of a Native Son it captures a view on the black life of a father and son at the peak of the civil rights movement. These harsh times allow Baldwin to wonder and doubling back to a state of grace. While in Citizen we learn that our experiences of race are often beginning in the unconsciousness and in the imagination and tangled in words. Rankine shows how dynamic of racial selves are not isolated but also shared.
The novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett takes place in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s. A period that saw the segregation of blacks and the superiority of whites dominate the southern United States. The novel focuses on the colored help and their work environment, greatly emphasizing the help 's relations with their white employers. The plot of the novel follows a colored maid and educated white women in their journey to make known the relations that the help build with their employers and their families, and to show the maltreatment that some colored maids receive. In addition, the novel Uncle Tom 's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe takes place in various places, most of which are in the southern United States, during the mid 19th
The opening scene of The Help, you see Aibileen, a black female that works for Mrs Leefolt. Aibileen opens the film with heartfelt stories of her personal experience in the maid industry. She says a saying through out the film to one of her white babies which is “you is kind, you is smart, you is important.” This quote I believe is an important one because Aibileen is teaching the baby to believe in herself and know that she is smart, kind and important. Aibileen also covers in the start of the film why she was a maid and how she came to become and made and that was “because her mama was one and her grandmamma was a house slave.”
When the challenges that people face become increasingly difficult, people tend to back down from the challenges that they encountered. However, there are some people who will rise to the occasion and do what is needed to be done to overcome those obstacles. Throughout the reading of La Línea, Maus, and The Secret Life of Bees, the same overlapping theme that only a few stand-up and overcome their problems remains constant. The book La Línea was the book with the largest variety of challenges ranging from strenuous physical activity to exhausting mental strain. Throughout the book it talks about how some people don’t try to leave, like Miguel's friend Chuy, “we all knew Chuy wasn't going anywhere”(Jaramillo 8).
The Help by Kathryn Stockett portrays an incredible story of inequality in the deep south of Jackson, Mississippi. The story is told from three uniquely different points of view. Abilene, a black maid, is one of the three. She has several justifiable opinions about, color, equality, and kindness. Her thoughts affect several aspects of the story such as how she raises Mae Mobley and her contributions to Ms. Skeeter.
Analysis of The Help How is it possible to be a woman of action when taking action could be a deathtrap? Living in a world where words are as sharp as knives makes change seem like an impossible feat that one could be risking life and limb for. In the 2011 film The Help, one woman’s words attempt to raise a courageous and just army out of a never-ending sea of racial discrimination and bigotry.
In the 1960s, Mississippi was the poorest state in the nation. Mississippi is steeped in African-American history. Unfortunately, a lot of that history is considered some of the darkest times in American history. Society was strictly segregated along racial lines; black and white.
The Great Depression was a horrendous time, which disrupted the lives of many people. During this time many families fell apart from the strains of the Great Depression. Families suddenly started to rely and depend on their wives, mothers and sister, which pressured the females of the family and eventually led to conflicts within families. During this time many women had to leave school or put their education on pause to support their families. Other than white women, African American women were used to hard work.