The Help Essay

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Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver…
There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell…

The Help switches between three main perspectives
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From page one you feel completely immersed in Jackson Mississippi’s past. Stockett’s prose are silky smooth and so pleasant to read, I’m not even sure how to describe it but it made me think of all the things I like – tea, family and the rays of the sun illuminating everything in summer causing me to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The southern accents of the maids only added to this as I have a huge love of the southern drawl, and the use of it in The Help made the characters feel so tangible and real. I cannot say whether the voices were realistic or representative of the time because I have no specialist knowledge, but they did feel genuine and consistent which is what’s most important I think. There were a few places where her lighthearted tone didn’t always sit well with me, specifically in sections reporting death or harm due to racism, but for the most part I loved it.
I found it interesting on reaching the end of the book that the story was heavily based on some of the authors personal experiences, I know there has been controversy over the idea of someone white writing about black rights (which I won’t go into in depth here as there are others far more knowledgeable on the subject) but the author explains her own reasons for writing The Help very eloquently and this really added to my overall thoughts on the story.

It is true that this is not a very plot driven novel, its focus feels far more centered

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