Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Stockett, K. The Help. (2009). The Help. New York, New York: Putnam Books, Inc
In the novel, The Help, Kathryn Stockett places readers back into the era of the Civil Rights Movement. Stockett give readers a viewpoint of a young, unmarried white woman named Skeeter. Skeeter has recently moved back in with her ill mother and her father in Jackson, Mississippi; while living with her parents Skeeter struggles to find a job. Not only can Skeeter not find a job, but her mother is pressuring her to find a wealthy husband and create a family of her own. As a young child Skeeter found trust in only one person her maid, Constatine, but mysteriously Constatine disappears while Skeeter is away at college and no one seems to know where she is when Skeeter asks. Stockett also provides the viewpoint of the colored help in Jackson. The two main colored women Stockett focuses on are Aibileen and Minny. Aibileen, a hard working woman and survivor of a deceased son works for the Leefolts’ looking after their toddler Mae Mobley. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is also hard working woman and one of the best known cooks living in Jackson, she worked for Ms. Hilly until she is fired her and rumors are spread throughout town which prevent Minny from getting a job, but Minny has a special surprise for Ms. Hilly.
Readers praise Skeeter when she asks for Aibileen’s help in writing a book for an editor in New York about what life is like to be a member of the help. At first Aibileen skeptical on helping Skeeter with her book, but then she gets a change of heart. As the story progresses more and more maids come forward to tell their stories. Stockett captured the reader’s attention with Skeeter’s perspectives from different maids into a book after publishing the risky book it becomes a hit within Jackson. Stockett comes off kind of dull in the beginning of the novel and starts off slow within the first two chapters, but she quickly pulls...
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