Does the Help Help Us Create a Different Perspective on Race?

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Does The Help help us create a different perspective on race?

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” (Aibileen Clark, 2011).

Is it possible not to be moved by this sentence of the main character in the movie The Help? Aibileen takes care of a little white girl and remembers that she is important with the help of this sentence. This indirectly refers to the main point of this essay; everybody deserves to know that he or she is important, no matter where you come from or how you look like. The movie is based on the book The Help and tells the story of black women in the sixties, whom are taking care of the households of white women. Despite their hard work, these black women are still discriminated because of their race. According to Devereux (2007), race means that people are characterized based on their physical characteristics, in this case the fact that the women are black. Devereux also stresses that race is a social construction; it is created by humans. This is what the movie The Help clearly represent, some women in the movie are clearly racist, others follow the dominant voices because they constructed this image for them and luckily there are also obstinate people. Skeeter is such an obstinate personage and shows this by writing her book in which she shows a different perspective over the black household helps. When seeing the movie it perhaps leads to different decoding than when reading the book. However, this essay states that watching the movie confronts the audience more with the distance between black and white, while the audience directly faces the images of black and white people. The movie is very moving and stresses the absurdness of how Afro-American women were treated. Therefore, the perspective on race again is socially constructed and moreover this essay argues that the movie is good example of being a social force.

There is the possibility to analyse the movie from different perspectives. First of all, this essay will dig...
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