Book Review of Kathryn Stockett's 'The Help'

1247 Words Jan 11th, 2018 5 Pages
The story line is placed in the 1960s decade and centers on the lives of African American maids, working in the homes of American masters. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a white young American woman, recent university graduate, who returns to her hometown in Jackson, Mississippi, after finishing college. Her dream is to become a writer, and she finds an intriguing subject to write about the condition of the African American servants in the house of white American families. Her mother's dream nevertheless does not include literary ambitions, since she dreams of having Eugenia married as soon as possible, to a young man of good social condition. Upon her arrival to Jackson, Skeeter is saddened by the disappearance of their maid, Constantine, who had raised her since she was an infant. Her family tells her a simple and unsatisfying story of how Constantine suddenly quit her job and left the town to go live with her family in Chicago. Skeeter does not believe the story and decides to make more inquiries, but all people she asks give her the same brief reluctant answers, or even refuse to discuss the subject of Constantine's leaving the town. In her inquiries of Constantine, Skeeter comes to interact more closely with other African American maids, and finds that they are treated poorly by their employers; in fact, they are treated differently than the…
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