The Help

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Abigail Spaeth
Mrs. Mueller
Domestic Social Issues
8 October 2012
The Help Helping Society
Every person goes through some form of discrimination in their lifetime. It may be because of their age or it might be because of their race. In modern society, a lot of people go through discrimination because of these factors, but the discrimination that they go through is nothing like the black people in director Tate Taylor’s movie The Help go through. The main characters of the film are black maids in Jackson, Mississippi, where injustice against the black people has reached a tipping point. While most of the white people in the town believe that what is going on is right, recent college graduate Skeeter identifies that what is going on is wrong. When she was a young girl, she had a maid who essentially raised her. While most of the children who are raised by maids end up turning against the love they have for them and follow in the path of their racist parents, Skeeter defies society and helps the black women in their journey toward equal treatment.

Skeeter is not the typical women that is expected from society in the 1960’s. She went to college just like all of the other affluent women in the area did, but unlike the other women, she went to actually receive an education, not to find her future husband. When she comes back to Jackson from college, unlike the other women who become housewives, Skeeter decides to get a job for the newspaper. She writes a column on housekeeping, which is rather ironic considering that is the route that she is trying to avoid for herself in life. She is looked down up by her friends Hilly and Elizabeth who both got married right out of high school and have children. Skeeter asks Elizabeth if she can use her maid, Aibileen, to help her with her housekeeping article. Through the article, Skeeter and Aibileen develop a relationship and soon Skeeter gets the idea to write a book from the help’s perspective.

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