The Principles Of Respect In The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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Respect; it’s a word that is used daily. 365 days a year, someone somewhere is talking about the principles of respect. What principles? To listen to each other, to treat everyone equally, the idea that everyone has a voice, so on and so on. In The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett, the principles of respect are front and centre, and being analysed with every sentence written. The Help takes place in and explores the lifestyle of 1962 Jackson Mississippi. It explores the relationships of characters involved in this story which are interesting and eye-opening. Readers get to see the truth of what happened in the 60’s with people of colour; readers get to see how disrespectful some people were to people of colour. The Maids who are narrating …show more content…
During a game of bridge with members of the bridge club, Miss Hilly won’t use the guest bathroom of Miss Leefolt’s house because it’s the same bathroom that the help uses. Following this, Miss Hilly asks the girls how nice it would be if the help had their own bathroom outside, and everyone agrees, except for Skeeter. Miss Hilly then says, “‘That’s why I’ve designed the Home Help Sanitation Initiative… A bill that requires every white home to have a separate bathroom for the colored help’” (10). Miss Hilly believe that it is her right to tell the help where they can and can’t go to the bathroom. She believes she is better than the help, and because of this thought process doesn’t think she should have to use the same bathroom as them. Had she possessed an ounce of respect, she would not have this thought …show more content…
During a session where Skeeter and Aibileen are recording their stories, Aibileen and Skeeter start to discuss some of the books they have read, and Skeeter begins to talk about some of her favorites. During this conversation, Aibileen says that she was interested in one of the books Skeeter had read, and Skeeter suggests she checks it out from the library. Aibileen replies with, “‘You know coloured folk ain’t allowed in that library,’” (179). In the town of Salem, there is different libraries for those who are white and those who are black. The white library has all these expensive, nice quality books, whereas the library for those of colour had dingy, mangled books with less variety. This means that the white folks get more selection and can further their intelligence by reading certain titles, because they think of themselves as higher than and as better than those of colour. White people are showing they think of themselves as more deserving of better books then black people.
Continuing on, white people spread lies about the health of the coloured. While Skeeter is reading the article for the newsletter in which describes the plan that Hilly suggested regarding the specialised bathrooms strictly for the coloured. As Skeeter is reading, she comes across a ‘fact’ sheet. She reads, “Ladies, did you know

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