Comparison of Coming of Age in Mississippi (CAM) and The Help
I have chosen the theme Trapped. To the comparison, I have chosen the text Coming of Age in Mississippi and the movie The Help. My main point with this assignment is to show the similarities between the text and the movie, and have a focus on the similarities of the black’s rights in the text and the movie.
The environment of the text and movie are very alike. They both take place in the Southern America, in the 1950’s and 1960’s. At that time, the black’s in the Southern America worked as maids for the white’s, but in the Northern America the conditions for the blacks were much better.
The main characters in the text and the movie are also a little alike. The main character of CAM is the 15-year-old girl, Anne Moody. She works as a housecleaner and maid for the lady Mrs. Burke. The main character in The Help is Mrs. Skeeter and Aibileen Clark. Mrs. Skeeter is a writer, who wants to reveal the blacks conditions. Aibileen is a 50-year-old black maid, who has spending her whole life raising white children and cleaning “white-houses”.
The way the movie and text are being told is quite different. CAM is being told from the point of view of a 1st narrator, which is Anne Moody. But The Help is being told from the point of view of an omniscient 3rd person narrator.
The language in CAM and The Help is very alike. The blacks in both CAM and The Help speak with dialect and the words are slang. Ex in CAM Anne Moody’s mother says: “When I get to hebben” (p. 38 l. 3). Normally you would say heaven, and not “hebben”, but because of her black dialect she pronounces it like that. Another example is in The Help. When Mrs. Skeeter confronts Minny and ask Minny to help her writing Skeeter’s book, Minny then says: “Law have mercy, I reckon I’m on do it.”. Again, if a white without dialect would say that, she would say: “Lord have mercy, I reckon I am going to do it.” It is again Minny’s black