Kathryn Stockett's The Help

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During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, race is anything but a neutral concept in Jackson, Mississippi. Blacks are stigmatized as lazy, dirty and disease ridden, and therefore less intelligent and less important than whites. In Kathryn Stockett's The Help, the characters illustrate the prominent inequalities between the two races. Stockett's novella is primarily written from the point of view of Aibileen and Minny to give the reader an inside view of the hired help's experiences. The social issue of racism is a continually changing subject, and in Jackson there are strict rules, laws, and norms restricting the lives of the black townspeople. The hired help try their hardest to avoid conflict with their employers, but when Minny gets accused of stealing, she bakes up a special gift for Hilly Holbrook. In return, she loses her job and reputation, but soon finds hope in Celia Foote.…show more content…
Bathrooms, for example, are a contextual symbol in The Help because they symbolize the difference in equality between races. When Elizabeth Leefolt proposes a bill that every white household should have a separate bathroom for the hired help saying, “I’ve even notified the surgeon general of Mississippi to see if he’ll endorse the idea.” (Stockett 9). Aibileen is anything but happy. Likewise, when Mae Mobley finally uses a toilet, but it’s one that Skeeter arranged to have dumped in Hilly’s law, she did not take that lightly. In addition, Minny’s “special” pie she made for Hilly proved how dangerous it can be to challenge stereotypes and defy all

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