The Help

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The Help

The main theme in the novel 'The Help' is racism. Racism is the belief that all memebers of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. The book itself is about African American maids serving their Caucasian masters and how they journey and work through life living with little to no human rights. In this novel, Kathryn Stockett really put the whole issue of racism back then into one story and Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson represented the whole African American community. Their story represented the whole black community's story in a nutshell. The author, when writing the novel, incorporated both sides of the story so to see both perspectives and to really highlight the difference in opinion and perspective. This also allowed the audience as a whole to experience both sides of the story (white and black). In the text, a conversation between Minny Jackson and and Celia Foote clearly stated that the black community thought that through and through, the white community was as repulsive and disgusting as the white did for the black community but for completely different reasons as the African Americans only disliked the Caucasian community because they treated the black people so badly. Skeeter Phelan, the white protaganist, assumes the role of a bridge over the divide and conflict between the African Americans and the cauciasians as she was willing to empathise with both view points.

The Help

In the novel 'The Help' the abuse of human rights is very clear and obvious. Because of their skin colour, the African Americans are discriminated against and are considered low and filthy on the social scale. They are hardly considered people and not slaves. This is directly related to racism. For all their work and all the things they do, they got paid very little and not allowed to so certain things. They weren't allowed to speak out of context in the prescence of a white person. This can also be strongly related back to the freedom of speech issue. African Americans were not allowed to live in certain subarbs and were also only allowed to walk on a certain side of the street. They were not granted voting rights or just general human rights. They could have gotten abused and nobody would have risen a finger to help them as they were considered bad and deserving of whatever punishment they had coming. Aibileen Clark, a black woman in the story said "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." This clearly states that she is trying to get across that everyone big or small, black or white is important and everyone should be treated fairly and everyone should have equal human rights as well as to not consider anyone lower than yourself.

The Help is a novel that highlights the wordly problems of human rights and injustices, racism, freedom of speech and social rights. Racism is the belief that one race is superior to another. Human injustice is the violation of rights of others or unjust action or treatment. The author of 'The Help' showcases all these points in one story concerning to black maids and a white writer who has interest in hearing the black side to every story.

The Help is a novel by Kathryn Stockett. It was set in Jackson, Mississipi in the 1960s.

Freedom of speech is the right to express opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc. This was showcased throughout the whole book. Black people were not allowed to state their opinions out loud for fear of getting punished in someway. When Skeeter Phelan asked Aibileen and Minny to help her with her book and to express their feelings, opinions and hardships to and with her. A lot of maids then started offering bits of their daily lives as well and how badly they were treated. Freedom of Speech was a huge hardship for the black people. When Minny Jackson said to Hilly Holbrook (one of the white masters) "Eat my shit", she expressed her feelings, to Hilly without any fear whatsoever. This was also like a bridge stretching across so that more and more servants and maids were voicing their real opinions and not standing for what their masters put them through anymore.

Main themes-Social Rights-Human Rights-Racism-Freedom of Speech

The Wider World and Me

Martin Luther King was a great example of a person standing up for their and their races rights. To not condemn a person because of their ethnicity.

By Julianna SebastianWide reading analytical response glogster8.1


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