Racism : The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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Racism, a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race (“Racism”). Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons encouraging fear or hatred. Throughout history, mankind has treated others with contempt and committed atrocities upon them just because of the color of their skin or the culture which they come from. The 2011 American drama film, The Help, adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s novel, exposes how African Americans were faced with racism in their work for white families. Built on the intricacies of the characters, the superiority of race, atrocities performed, angles the camera captures, and setting, the movie The Help illustrates and displays a theme of racism.

First of all, the movie The Help tells a story of African American maids working in white southern homes in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. The maids work with a 22 year old white woman, Skeeter Phelan, a returning college student with dreams of being a writer, to create a book portraying their lives. Skeeter interviews African American women who have spent the majority of their lives taking care of prominent white families. Aibileen Clark is one such servant, who works for Skeeters friend, Mrs. Leefolt. Skeeter begins by asking Aibileen questions about cleaning for her newspaper column on household cleaning. However, once Skeeter receives news about her absent elderly servant who…

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