Minny and Aibileen helps Miss Skeeter write a book called “The Help” and the people they work for, in an attempt to open people’s eyes as well as trying to change things for the blacks in the community and how they would get treated. The book is what helps Minny break away from Hilly Holbrook and Leroy. Some incidents occurred within the book that helped Minny free herself from Hilly. One was just by speaking and telling Miss Skeeter everything that went on while she worked for Miss Hilly, however what really secured everything including the book is her including how Miss Hilly ate the chocolate pie with human waste in it. When Miss Hilly read this book she attempted to come after Minny by getting Aibileen fired.
Skeeter views Aibileen as a person that struggles in life with the fact that she isn’t white. To everyone Aibileen is perceived as a minority or lower class so throughout the film Aibileen treated with disrespect and taken advantage off. Luckily for her Skeeter helps her out and is practically her voice by taking out and showing Aibileen’s truth and perception of the world in which she lives in. Skeeter did this story for both her and Aibileen, she wanted a job in New York as a writer and saw how bady Aibileen needed her help. Overall Skeeter continued to ask Aibileen to help her write the book until she agreed afterwards Skeeter thought that Aibileen was a hero for sticking up and knowing what some possible outcomes would be like threats
(The Help, 2011) Inspired by this, Aibileen amends her fear and becomes the first of the maids to disclose her story to Skeeter. She realizes the danger that could result from her decision, but she embraces the risk and relies on her faith for guidance. Aibileen wrestled with just how much courage she would need to do what Skeeter had asked her to do, despite the "bitter seed" planted inside of her. The convergence of Skeeter and Aibileen is a result of the courage demonstrated by Aibileen. Subsequently, Aibileen muses to herself, “God says we need to love our enemies, it hard to do, but it can start by telling the truth."
When the story starts it is bridge club day, and Aibileen cleans the house, manages Mae, caters to the women’s needs, and overhears their conversation. The women talk about the upcoming Junior League Benefit, and Miss Hilly tells Elizabeth, Skeeter, and Hilly's mother, Miss Walter, about the Home Help Sanitation Initiative, a bill that requires a separate bathroom for blacks in every white house. During a break in the bridge game, Skeeter finds
It was decided with her parents and the school, that the summer before her senior year, she was going to move and start a new life living with her sister. She had been saving money that she had earned throughout the years and figured she would have enough money to buy a one-way ticket to new York. Her younger brother Brian and her began counting the weeks, and then the days, until she would get on the bus and leave Welch, West Virginia. The day after summer break started, she packed a suitcase and got on the bus. She met her sisters friend at the bus stop at the New York bus station and got settled into Lori’s apartment, the next day she got a job at a diner and officially started her new life in New York, New York.
The social groups focused on in this novel are white housewives, whose group consists of Skeeter, the privileged daughter of a farmer, who just returned from college, and “the help” or a group of maids who are of course of African American decent. The help is forced to obey their irrationally needy bosses, cooking for them, cleaning for them, and even raising their children, only to be treated inhumanely and unfairly by petty housewives. For example, one of the housewives, Hilly Holbrook, a seemingly conflicting character alone, was very suggestive of a bathroom act being enforced, which made it mandatory that every home have a separate bathroom for its help as a “safety precaution” because they could transmit diseases through their bodily functions. In situations like these, African Americans were very alienated, and it really displayed the gap in reality for the two groups. This in turn caused conflict between them, as African Americans were looked down at by whites and the whites were seen as threatening and wicked minded by African Americans.
By an anonymous writer later revealed as Skeeter also known as Eugenia Phelan. Skeeter, a white woman, returns to her hometown (Mississippi) to discover that her motherly nanny Constantine has left but no one tells what happened. Soon Skeeter realizes the injustice her society practices and decides to write a book where voices of black will be raised. She approaches Aibileen for sharing her narrative to which Aibileen responds positively and also let’s Minny in their secret. Minny, Aibileen’s friend, another black help, reveals a secret about Miss Hilly that ensures Miss Hilly’s silence after the publication of their writing project.
Two main characters name Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Hopewell are always gossiping. Their desire to feel superior to one another is humorous because of how they sound. Mrs. Hopewell likes to call Mrs. Freeman and her family “good country people” which is funny because she is being honest. During their conversations, they think they understand one another but they often miss the point like when Mrs. Hopewell tells Mrs. Freeman that she is the wheel behind the wheel, Mrs. Freeman really did not understand what Mrs. Hopewell was talking about.
“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else”(pg. 71). In 2011, a movie adaption was released of the book, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, a book told from the perspective of three women in the 1960’s as they write a book about the lives of maids in Jackson, Mississippi. The two media forms of the same story have many similarities, along with differences. Four significant elements, listed from least to most important, are assessed for how they affect the same story told in two different ways. The least important thing to be kept or changed is that in both forms of “The Help”, Miss Charlotte, Skeeter’s mother, refuses to die.
They create a club for all of their daughters where they can learn about one another and become friends while also experiencing the joys of literature. The book begins when the characters of the book are at school or at their club and they are not friends and feel as if they can truly be themselves when they are by themselves. Emma, a closed off bookworm, loves being by herself with her books and can only manage to open up when she writes in her journal or when she is alone with her mom. Jess, a farm girl whose mother is living in New York to pursue an acting career, feels lost without
The character of Aibileen is often depicted as a symbol of courage and perseverance; throughout the story, she is often shown endangering her life in many different ways trying to contribute to Skeeter’s book. While she was overcoming the grief of her sole son’s unlawful death, Aibileen soon begins to realize that she wanted to make a change in the way Caucasians saw African Americans and ultimately achieve her son’s goal. Although the persona of Aibileen initially feared to help write Skeeter’s book, she later ends up agreeing. During the time she felt intimidated, she mentions the severity of punishments for crimes where African Americans express their political/social opinions and/or do something considered ethically wrong by
Lastly, Tiny Soderball was a hired immigrant just alike Lena. Tiny was always getting in trouble with the men so all of the other citizens looked at her differently. Tiny did not settle with that and she then decided to travel to Alaska and take part in the Gold Rush. Tiny opened up her own hotel and grew a fortune. Lena, Ántonia, and Tiny go against the traditional female role, they maintain their independence and they take risks causing them to end up very successful.
The novel’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, a woman who dreamt of love, was on a journey to establish her voice and shape her own identity. She lived with Nanny, her grandmother, in a community inhabited by black and white people. This community only served as an antagonist to Janie, because she did not fit into the society in any respect. Race played a large factor in Janie being an outcast, because she was black, but had lighter skin than all other black people due to having a Caucasian ancestry.
A young college graduate, Skeeter, returns home to be with her ailing mother, and in her ambition to succeed as a writer, turns to the black maids she knows. Skeeter is determined to collect their oral histories and write about a culture that values social facade and ignores the human dignity of many members of the community. Two maids, Aibileen and Minny, agree to share their stories, stories of struggle and daily humiliation, of hard work and low pay, of fear for themselves. It is a time of change, when
14. This revels that even though Skeeter is aware all of the racism that goes in her community, she was still brought up in a way to look down upon coloured people. Even though Skeeter knows about all the racism she’s seen, at the end of the day she is still white thought to think coloured people aren’t as good as her. 15. I think this action would be considered inappropriate for a lot of the white woman in Jackson because Sketter did that to her own friend. She was disobeying her own colour and people would think poorly of Skeeter, and especially Hilly.