Aibileen Clark The Help

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In The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, African-Americans in Jackson, Mississippi are trapped in the norms of society, which dictate their characters, careers and sense of security. Known in Jackson for her fierce tongue, Minny Jackson attempts to tame her temperament, but as a result of her inability to conform to the standards of white women for black maids, she progresses from household to household with no promise of a steady position. Ever since childhood, Aibileen Clark accepts she will be a maid, with no hope of ever perceiving her career aspirations. Since a black person can be severely punished for even unknowingly challenging Jim Crow Laws, Aibileen and Minny both realize they are jeopardizing their chances of ever having a secure future in Mississippi when they resolve to disclose their lives as black maids for Skeeter’s book. Minny is continually dismissed from her duties as a maid, at the orders of the white matriarch, because of her lack of discretion with regard to her ruthless words.…show more content…
After her former mistress vacates her home to reside in a nursing home, Minny is left without a position, which can only be redeemed if she convinces the newest white female in Jackson to hire her, since she has a disreputable standing among the other Caucasian women of the city. “Standing on that white lady’s back porch, I tell myself, Tuck it in, Minny….. Look like a maid who does what she’s told” (Stockett 30). As Minny waits for the door to open, she makes up her mind to compromise her character to appease her potential employer, since Minny anticipates Mrs. Celia Foote as an archetypal Southern, elite, white woman. A compromise of fate is necessary as well, since Aibleen has no choice but to become a maid, as society

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