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Racial Conflicts : The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett was written to inform readers on the racial conflicts in the South during the 1960s Civil Rights Era. Stockett is bringing the colored stereotyping issue to our attention while also entertaining us with the stories of three women, one white and two colored maids. In the book, the focus is on a wealthy white woman named Skeeter with a dream of being a journalist while also desiring to make a change in her community. A maid named Aibileen works for Skeeter’s close friend, Elizabeth, and forms a bond with Elizabeth’s daughter shortly after Aibileen’s own child had died. Another maid named Minny has a short temper but has a lot of stories of the crazy white women she’s worked for, including another one of Skeeter’s close friends, Hilly, who does things only for her own benefit and shows little care for the people around her, whether they’re colored or not. Together, the three women work together with a dozen other maids to write a book focusing on the maids’ experiences working for white families. Although the black maids were taking a huge risk by contributing to Skeeter’s book, it was their only hope in changing the colored stereotype. Through these three perspectives, we get a look at what it was like to be black in this time period in the South, and also how you were treated if you were white and didn’t agree with the racial stereotypes. A proven thesis in The Help is the people who help raise you have an effect on the person that you
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