Essay on The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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In The Help by Kathryn Stockett the reader is quick to realize that Minny Jackson is not to be messed with. Minny is not a person to have as an enemy. Minny’s sharp tongue provides comic relief to the novel but also plays an important role in the development of Minny’s character. It is revealed to the reader through Minny Jackson’s thoughts that she is categorized and labeled by her harsh mouth and carries insecurities hidden under her confident and unbreakable shell. Stocket also reveals through the thoughts and words of other characters that Minny is looked highly upon in as an unbelievable cook, a dedicated maid, and a protective mother.
Minny had to leave her school education behind as an eighth grader to help financially support her family. She started her destined job as a maid but not before her mother told her the seven rules of being a maid for a white lady. The most important rule being “No sass-mouthing” (Stocket 46). Minny and her smart mouth could not not resist, resulting in Minny losing her first job on the first day. Her mouth sticks with her all the way into adulthood. All the southern white women and Minny’s fellow maid friends are fully aware of Minny’s sharp tongue but are willing to oversee the characteristic flaw. Of course they see it as a vital flaw in Minny but they see so many positive things about Minny. The ones who care about Minny are more than willing to overlook her smart mouth. Minny earns the title as one of the best cooks in Jackson…

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