“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
“The Help” is a novel written by the author Kathryn Stockett, published in 2009 and was made into a major motion picture in 2011, The storyline is about a young aspiring writer called Skeeter decides to write a book based on how the black women working as maids in white households were mistreated and segregated. She asks for the help of Aibileen, a maid who was currently working for one of her friends. This project gives her a chance to form a bond with different maids and listen to their side of the story. Throughout the book, the truth about being a colored woman in Mississippi is revealed and no stone is left unturned. The story takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. In the exposition, one of the main characters, Skeeter, returns home from college with high hopes of becoming a successful writer as she applies for a job at a local newspaper. The reader is also introduced to many other important characters such as Aibileen and Minny whom are two maids employed by Skeeter’s friends Elizabeth Leefolt and Hilly Holbrook. The rising action of the story is when the women of Jackson, Mississippi start discussing the option of building a special bathroom for the colored maids as the were beginning to think that using the same bathroom as a colored woman was unsanitary for their families. This is when Skeeter realizes how badly the maids weren’t treated as equal and decides to write a book about the matter. The climax or the turning point of the book is when Skeeter finds out how her mother had fired Constantine, the maid who raised her, and she hadn’t been the one who quit. She then decides that she has to write the book. In the falling action, Skeeter’s book in published under the title “Help”, her engagement to Stuart is called off, Minny’s husband loses his job because of involvement in the book and takes his anger out on her, and Hilly threatens to sue Skeeter and to enact revenge against all the maids...
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