Education is more than a school issue
Education and learning have been always important for society because is thanks to that how we act and interact with other people. And “The Help” is a novel of education, meaning that the main characters undergo a series of gripping adventures that open their eyes to new truths and their lives to new opportunities. In the process, they act as educators, using storytelling, story writing, and devious pranks to effect positive change in their community. The characters that demonstrate it best during the story are Aiblileen with Mae Mobley and Skeeter with Constantine. This book looks at attitudes toward education and the unequal access to education in general for black citizens of Jackson. And even when some colored women would be well educated like Yul May the racism happening wouldn’t let them be anything else than a maid. College for Jackson's white women is more of a place to find a husband than a place to get a good education. Skeeter is even considered a failure at college because she didn't find a husband. Minny and Aibileen both have little formal education but are both very literate in terms of literature and current events, more so at times than many of their white bosses, especially the female ones and even with this they wouldn’t be consider able to do anything else and without even chance to demonstrate her intellectual prowess again “ “You're the smartest one in my class, Aibileen," she said. "And the only way you're going to stay sharp is to and write every day." So I start writing my prayers down instead a sayin em. But nobody call me smart since.” Skeeter has a close relationship with the black woman hired to care for her, Constantine. She's almost six feet tall and has incurably "kinky" hair, which she describes as "more pubic than cranial". She doesn't exactly fit into the ideals of beauty of her society. So Constantine taught her to love herself and not to buy into racial prejudices and to have...
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