The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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“The Help, a book about race and class relations in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s,” [a time where many African Americans were fighting for equal rights.] At that time African-American women had few options but to labor as exploited domestics for wealthy white families [to be able to get food and shelter for their families”] (Site, World Socialist Web. "The Help). Kathryn Stockett takes a bold step as a white woman with no experience as a maid to have two narrators in her book as African Americans who tell their perspective of what it is like to live as maids. The theme, tone, literary devices, and how she develops the stories of African American maids is part of what makes this book so intriguing. For instance, “Kathryn Stockett never intended to write a best-selling novel. In fact, when she started writing her debut novel, The Help, she didn 't think anyone would ever read it”(TIME, Kathryn Stockett). So Stockett introduced her book using African American vernacular not to attract her audience, but to show another perspective of a white household that many are scared to show. Tiffinee Armstrong, a co-coordinator of Enlightened ConNexTions, a book group in Raleigh, N.C.said, she was initially taken aback when she learned that Ms. Stockett was white. But after reading the book, Ms. Armstrong, who is black, said, “I thought she really grabbed hold of the dialect really well and really gave a lot of insight into what was going on in Mississippi.” Besides, she

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