the help

Topics: Kathryn Stockett, Martin Luther King, Jr., The Help Pages: 2 (614 words) Published: August 13, 2014
Morgan Eichelberg
Grade 12
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The Help is a book about a white woman(Skeeter) in 1962–1964 in Jackson, Mississippi writing a book about the colored help, to help change the perspectives of others. While writing this book she shares her stories about her life and two other maids. The three main characters are Aibileen, Minny Jackson, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan. Aibileen describes Skeeter as," Real tall and skinny. Her hair be yellow and cut short above her shoulders cause she get the frizz year round. She 23 or so, same as Miss Leefolt and the rest of em." They all share what its like live in their conditions in the south in 1962.

My thoughts and questions about this novel. I would ask the author (Kathryn Stockett) why she chose to write this book in three different perspectives? Was it to show the different roles in life that these three characters play. Another question would be what inspired her to write this book? Was it the Martin Luther King Jr. speech? My thoughts on this book was that I thought it could have been more interesting, but it felt very realistic. Another thought on this book was it was very dramatic in its own ways. With Miss Hilly getting everybody to turn on Skeeter and Skeeter having to deal with all the cold shoulders.

What this book says about people in general (theme) is that everyone has there own problems and will react different ways to every situation. The way the white women in the book react to the help using their toilets, acting like they have a "disease". "99% of all colored diseases are carried in the urine." Compared throughout the story it seems like they start to somewhat respect the help, except the ones who helped write the book. Today we respect eachother alot more than we did back then. Over all I would say that what this book says about people in general is that the way people react to one thing will differ from the other.

The main characters in this book are Skeeter, Aibileen, and...
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