The Help And Personal Essay Too Little, Too Late By Kathryn Stockett

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In Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help and personal essay “Too Little, Too Late” she clearly presents her subjects of systemic racism, white privilege, and segregation. These subjects are shown from both coloured and white people 's perspectives which contributes to making the general public aware of the subjects concerning social issues. The general public includes adults and teens, young and old, to be informed on the history and ongoing effects of racism and civil rights matters.

Stockett uses old southern language which fits the time era of the 1960s in which the book takes place. The richness of the variety of languages used makes the book appealing. Her language is informal and colloquial. She uses southern slang and language that is specific to that group of people in that time era. The two coloured maids Aibileen and Minny, who narrate in the novel, speak in African American English or African American vernacular. Constantine exemplifies the southern slang, “Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, ‘Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?’” (The Help pg. 63). These languages contain apparent features and operate under distinct grammatical systems which Stockett portrays in her novel. The language is very thick, dated dialect. Stockett explains in her essay her feelings through the duration of writing the novel, “I was scared a lot of the time, that I was crossing a terrible line,…

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