African American Women And Men

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Stockett also portrays the African-American women and men in very stereotypical ways. The Association of Black Women Historians “condemned the novel’s stereotypical representations of black life, particularly the disappointing resurrection of Mammy and the irreverent dialect of black characters” (Rountree 60). Abilene the most memorable domestic maid in the novel talks about taking care of white babies along with cooking and cleaning. The author writes “I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go in the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning (Stockett 1). This Mammy stereotyping allows the reader to ignore the back-breaking, low paying jobs these women had. It takes away from the fact that the domestic help were routinely exploited, yet they were very much a necessity of the time. Stockett also portrays the African-American man in a stereotypical way. While not in the story much, the black man is depicted as violent and abusive. Many “found Stockett’s characters stereotypical and the portrayal of black life, simplistic” (Jones 9). The domestic help are seen more as individuals and not family women with the exception of Minny. The reader is lead to believe that life consisted of going to work and returning home with nothing in-between.
While Stockett depicts the African-American women in the novel primarily by their body image, the white characters in the story are not left untouched. The stereotypical image of the time for white…
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