At eight years old, in a racial society growing up with one Black and one White parent, Birdie is still not properly exposed to the harsh realities of the world. Her own appearance in comparison to her sister had never even occurred to her before it was carelessly brought to her attention while she and her sister spied in on their parent’s argument. Now she is confronted with the concept of race, acceptance amongst peers, and her identity as it relates to her appearance. At the top of the story, Birdie is seemingly oblivious to her and her sisters differences. She certainly doesn’t understand the significance of those differences or how it relates to her and the way the world will treat her until she is forced to at the Nkrumah school.
1.0 INTRODUCTION The Help is an example of American drama film. It was released in August 9, 2011 and its length was 146 minutes and directed by Tate Taylor. The film was adapted to a novel, where there has been a long tradition of African- American women serving as “The Help” for upper-middle class white woman and their families. Descriptions of historical events of the early activities of thecivil rights movement are peppered throughout the novel, as are interactions between the maids and their white employers.
She was out of a job after the proctors kicked her out, and was not trusted by anyone after the incident at the proctor's house. She was not old enough to be anything other than a servant but no one wanted her. Abigail was not looked as a very good person in the community. You could say that she was immaculate.
Can a fictional novel be a symbolic representation of the horrors of real life society? In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch is a little girl in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama who is telling her adventurous story from when she was a child. The novel takes place in the 1930’s in a town where everybody knows everybody and has deep rooted Southern values. Throughout the story, Scout, her brother Jem, and their best friend Dill grow up and deal with everything that is thrown at them. They soon have bigger problems than rude teachers or peculiar neighbors when Jem and Scout’s father, Atticus, takes a case defending a black man accused of rape.
To begin, the lack of financial stability in the Walls family has always been problematic, however as the mother of her children, Rose Mary never contributed much to the family income due to her stubbornness and free-spirited nature. A prime example of Rose Mary not providing for her family is a constant lack of food in the house. The children’s hunger is apparent when Jeannette says, “We did eat less. Once we lost our credit at the commissary, we quickly ran out of food. Sometimes Dad’s odd jobs would come through, or he’d win some money gambling, and we’d eat for a few days.
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.
Some of the comparisons brought about in these writings were that both groups were oppressed, controlled and unheard. African Americans worked for low wages and housewives worked for no wages at all. The skills of the African American were not available to help the common good since they were often times stuck in menial jobs or never given the chance because of their skin color. Housewives didn’t get a chance to help the common good because they were taking care of the household, children and a husband. Both groups would like to have been recognized and treated as an equal, but they were unheard voices in a world all too busy to listen.
In the story, “Why looks are the last bastion of discrimination”, “an obese woman was rejected for a job as a bus driver when a company doctor assumed she was not up to the task after watching her waddle down the hall” (Rhode 1). This shows that there is discrimination in the workforce because a doctor made a decision by judging the woman that applied. She was not given the chance at the next step to being hired based on this doctor’s judgment. This is not right and should be fixed.
Women had no rights when it came to working and since they didn’t have rights not many women got employed. Also, the jobs that were available were not for women and if mill owners decided to hire women they would go and hire immigrant women instead. The reason they would hire these immigrant women was because they accepted any amount of money so the owners of the mill would make more profit than they would if they paid American women to work for them. However, if a women did get a job they would normally get paid less than men did since they weren’t seen as equal to them and the conditions were usually not the best. Since there were no laws against discrimination in the 1800’s there was nothing an American women could do to demand the equality they deserved in the workforce.
Throughout the book she discovers many mockingbirds in her society and the trouble they have to live through. This helps the reader identify many subtopics in the book like prejudice vs tolerance, compassion vs ignorance and more importantly courage vs cowardice. She deciphers the true meaning of courage vs cowardice when she meets the mystery character, Boo Radley. The book by Sherman Alexie too has similar themes and settings. It’s based on the struggles Indian’s face in America due to their race.
The women suffragists created organizations and led marches to gain support for women 's rights. But the fight was not over and their lives were not perfect after the movement. Women tried to stick up for themselves earlier, but nobody listened. Women could not vote, could not get the jobs or the education they wanted, and they could not earn respect from men. As Martha E. Kendall wrote,“not all women married for love” (24).
They finally began to realize that Henrietta was not a toy; she was a real human being with a life, a family, and thoughts of her own. The fact that she was an under class, black woman in the 1950s made her less of a human. So doctors didn’t treat her fairly like they would someone with a lighter shade of skin. These three ideas relate to each other because it shows how people didn’t bother to get to know Henrietta or the Lacks family until real profit was involved; and the only real time they’d attempt to “contact” the family was to ask for the permission to have Henrietta’s medical records, or it’s bothersome reporters constantly asking them questions that they wouldn’t know the answer
The Appalachian South was used for its resources. Very few people lived there, therefore it was difficult to maintain, or as the book states, “...little to reinvest in its physical or human resources.” Also the textbook mentioned the working conditions. For example: employees viewed as cheap labor, requirements to buy from company stores, and low life expectancy rates.
Ladies didn 't generally have the privilege to vote since women were viewed as lower than men. They weren 't permitted to vote since they were closed as uninformed. They additionally didn 't know much about legislative issues. To a few women were thought to be a laborer not a voter people felt that they don 't know anything about governmental issues. Subsequent to having a supporter for voting rights on their side like Abigail Adams.
Many women were subjugated to working in factories that produced clothes, war parts, and car parts. These jobs were not very secure, were unsafe, and paid very little for long days. A family would not have been able to live off of such a small income. Although many opportunities have been spread to women of