Analysis Of The Help And Hardy 's Tess Of The D ' Urbervilles

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In Stockett’s The Help and Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles the key characters are affected by the society in which they live, in a variety of different ways. The Help focuses on the segregation of society in the 1960’s. It focuses on two black maids who tell their stories to Skeeter, a young white writer. They all work together to challenge these unfair practices enforced by white men and women. In Tess of the D’Urbervilles the story is based on the life of Tess Durbeyfield who is sent to pursue a loose family connection in order to improve her own family’s wealth. Tess is forced to return home as she is raped by her cousin which shames her for the rest of her life. The impact of social oppression in The Help highlights the discrimination and the treatment of black maids and how because of the false stereotypes of them it was very challenging to oppose these preconceived perceptions. Tess of the D’Urbervilles also shows oppression during the 19th century which was very patriarchal and women were considered inferior to men. Therefore the way in which they were perceived in society meant there are many double standards between the sexes. Despite these social oppressions both novels show how the characters triumph against the unjust rules of society.

The society during the 1960 's in America was segregated and in Stockett’s 'The Help ' this is highlighted through the main characters. Aibileen is firstly shown to be socially oppressed due to the fact she is a black maid…

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