How Racial Segregation Affects Characters in The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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This practice provides the means of maintaining the economic advantages and superior social status of the politically dominant group, and was primarily employed by white populations to maintain their dominance over African- Americans (Britannica). Racial segregation was implemented or at least encouraged, and as a result has negatively affected the lives of African-Americans as a whole. The Help written by Kathryn Stockett takes place in the early 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi, a place where racial discrimination occurs on a large scale, and is actively practiced and enforced by the government and the people within the city. The protagonists, Skeeter, Aibeleen and Minny all fall victims to this segregated as they attempt to reduce the racial tension in the city (Shmoop). Much of the novel depicts the typical life of African-American maids and the inequality they experience in comparison to southern white women (Literature Nerd). Because of this segregated setting, characters are treated differently based on their ethnicity and status. There is a large contrast between how society treats the two African American maids, Aibeleen and Minny, compared to the “socially acceptable” yet different white woman, Skeeter and Hilly.

The setting of Jackson, Mississippi has a significant effect on how the two African-American maids, Aibeleen and Minny are treated in…