Analysis Of The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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During the Civil Right Movement in the early 1960’s, Jackson, Mississippi was going through terrible troubles in an era defined by segregation. Society was strictly isolated along racial, social, political, and economic rights for blacks. In the book, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, the author demonstrates the evolvement of the two contrasting women, Skeeter and Aibileen. Within the first chapters, the author illustrates the true burdens and daily struggles of being a black woman living in a white man’s world. However, these two characters are incompatible. As one is a white woman that has never struggled in her life, while the other is a black woman that has worked all her life trying to overcome the burden of being an African American.…show more content…
Instead, it is how one treats others that defines them as a person. Despite being advised as a little girl that black and white people do not socialize together, Skeeter grows up to be a strong, independent woman. For this reason, when Skeeter has the courage to pursue her dreams as a writer, she decides she wants to write about the current repercussions of segregation. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Within the course of the novel, she is led to write about how to properly clean domestic items instead. Without any friends to help her with the issue, Skeeter decides to ask Elizabeth Leefolt to assist in her journals. As the days progress, Skeeter and Aibileen slowly refrain from talking about cleaning and move on to have more serious conversations about one another's lives. As a result of them discussing about Aibileen's strenuous past; Skeeter has the inspiration to write what she truly wanted to write. On the contrary, Aibileen is a fifty-four year old black woman that has nurtured white barbie and dedicated her time and energy to as a domestic worker since she was ten years old. Aibileen has cared for seventeen white children, but Mae Mobley is her special baby. She is first introduced to Mae Mobley when she decides it is time to get back to her feet after her son Treelore died (causing her to become depressed and stop working
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