The Help Concerned Three Common Women, Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson And Skeeter Phelan

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Kathryn Stockett’s The Help concerned three common women, Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson and Skeeter Phelan, who lived in the town of Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. The Civil War was long over, but the two maids, Minny and Aibileen, still faced prejudice and inequality daily. In the novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett, one can understand the fact that even though there was freedom, there was not equality through the views of the three main characters, Aibileen, Skeeter and Minny.
Aibileen Clark was a fifty-three year old woman that set the stage for the novel. She lived alone, after her husband left her, and her son Treelore, died when he was only twenty-four. Aibileen was bright as a child, but ended school early so that she could continue her life working for less than minimum wage as a maid. If she made one mistake or got on anyone’s bad side, she would most likely be fired and unable to provide for herself. After many years of work and more recently carrying the burden of her son’s death, Aibileen began to feel bitter about her position in life.
One day, Elizabeth, Aibileen’s boss, invited her two other white friends, Skeeter and Hilly, to play bridge and eat. When Hilly had to use the restroom, a conversation was sparked about having a separate bathroom for colored maids. Hilly claimed that colored people have diseases that could pass on to white people, and that every home should own a separate bathroom for the help. This caused Aibileen to think to herself, “I’m…

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