Eugenia Skeeter Character Analysis

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Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan
Skeeter comes from a wealthy white Southern family of cotton plantation owners. She just graduated university, where she double majored in journalism and English, and returns to her old life she left behind in Jackson four years ago. However, after having come back, Skeeter realizes that her perception of life, race, and the world greatly differs from that of her friends’ and family’s, which leads her to constant quarrels with her mother and eventually being ostracized from her own community by her friends.
Skeeter is a very kind, intelligent, and brave young woman the reader just cannot resist falling in love with. Many of her characteristics she acquired from her deeply beloved nanny, Constantine, who is also a reason behind Skeeter’s strong condemnation of segregation
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