A Social Psychological View Of The Help. The Movie, The

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A Social Psychological View of the Help
The movie, The Help, is based on the book written by Kathryn Stockett. It was released in 2011 and directed by Tate Taylor (Taylor, 2017). The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960’s, and it is about the experiences black women had as maids for white families. These women decided to risk it all and tell their stories in an effort to show what is was really like for them (Taylor, 2011). The Help illustrates how these women fought racism and prejudice by becoming unified with one another. This paper will address how prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, and inequality affect the characters and their relationships in the story.
Prejudice is defined as “negative feelings toward
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When she knocked on the door, the women at bridge club unsuccessfully hid from her. When she went to the window, she spotted a few of them and at first did not understand that they were hiding from her. She slowly realized they were trying to avoid her. When she got back home she told Minny, “They made me stand there like I was the vacuum salesman” (Taylor, 2011). This is just one example in the movie of prejudice that is bordering on discrimination.
Aside from being prejudice toward anyone different from herself, Hilly Holbrook also exemplified discrimination in the story. Discrimination is similar to prejudice, but it is defined as “behavior directed against persons because of their membership in a particular group” (Kassin, Fein, & Markus, 2014). Hilly was prejudice toward Celia, mainly through her own negative beliefs about her. She did not demonstrate many acts of discrimination toward Celia, but she did when it came to the maids.
In the beginning of the movie, she was shown in her bathroom marking the toilet paper with a pencil (Taylor, 2011). That was her way of making sure that her maid, which was Minny at the time, did not use their bathroom inside of the house. She had a separate outhouse for Minny to use. Hilly was also a member of the White Citizens Council. She developed a Home Help Sanitation Initiative, which promoted a law that would require every home in the state to have a separate bathroom

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