The Help, By Kathryn Stockett And Produced As A Movie By Tate Taylor

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Set in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett and produced as a movie by Tate Taylor, provides viewers insight into the world of an African-American housemaid, or the help, during the controversial time of the Civil Rights Movement. In Jackson, Mississippi, African-Americans face racial prejudice and unjust treatment compared to the white people, and many women of color spend their whole lives caring for white families despite very little pay. Skeeter, a twenty-three year old white woman, holds a desire to help the maids gain a voice as she is unbelieving of the myths about them. Wanting a change in the way black people are perceived, she finds herself with the idea to write a controversial book, “Help,” in which she interviews African-American maids, among those maids being Aibileen and Minny, concerning their time working for white families. Overall, in both the novel and movie rendition of The Help, Skeeter unites together with the black help despite racial prejudice to give them a voice, showing viewers that collaborating together towards a common goal can lead to social awareness. Towards the beginning of The Help in both the book and movie interpretation, viewers soon figure out that Skeeter is avid towards making a career for herself through writing. After applying for an editing job at a Elaine Stein’s publishing company and being told that she did not have enough experience, Skeeter finds herself with the idea to write The

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