The Help

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Book Analysis

22 January 2014

The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett in my opinion is an amazing book. It's hard for me to say anything bad about this book, except I feel that Skeeter did not quite understand the danger she was putting the maids in to help her write the book, as there was much more risk for black maids to tell stories about their employers than it was for Skeeter to write them. However, the characters were well built and the plot was very easy to understand and had so much meaning. It's definitely a hard subject to write about and we see that from both Kathryn Stockett's and Skeeter's writing. The Help changed the lives of the women in the book. The Help really is a special book and I encourage anyone to check it out.

Aibileen Clark is a black maid in 1962; Jackson, Mississippi. She raised seventeen different white children. She's always taking orders quietly, but later it leaves her with a bitterness she can no longer bite back. Her friend Minny Jackson has certainly never held her tongue, or held on to a job for very long, but now she's working for a new comer with secrets that leave her speechless. And Skeeter Phelan has just returned from college with ambition and a degree but, no husband like her mother wants. Normally Skeeter would find help from Constantine, the beloved maid who basically raised her, but Constantine has disappeared. Together these three different women join to work on a project that could forever alter their life's of the small town.

Though The Help is an entertaining page-turner, behind its amazing plot and characters lies a deeper meaning. Racism is a very big part of...