The Help by Kathryn Stockett Essay

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The novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett tells a story of the struggles that African American women experienced in the early 1960’s through the eyes of some southern African American maids and recorded by a well to do plantation owner’s daughter named Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan. Skeeter is one of the main characters in the novel. Skeeter is an intelligent young woman who has always done what her family expects of her. When Skeeter returns home from college she discovers that her childhood nanny Constantine is no longer there. She becomes consumed with the desire to find out what has happened to her. In the beginning of the story it is discovered that Skeeter wants to be a writer. She has always felt “the norm” that she has always been …show more content…
Literature Review
Skeeter is a very inquisitive woman. She seeks knowledge and refuses to accept what has been told to her as truth. While she is a very independent thinker she has always been taught to keep silent. As Skeeter progresses through the story she begins to learn things about how she was raised and about the people around her. Skeeter begins to question her own upbringing, and her desire to discover what happened to Constantine becomes even stronger. Skeeter’s learning process can be analyzed through the study of Malcolm Knowles’ Andragogy “the art and science” of helping adults learn. Knowles looked at how adults learn through the lens of six assumptions. Knowles’ assumptions theorize that adults are self-directed independent learners motivated by internal reasons. As Skeeter learns and expands her knowledge and understand a coorelation begins to develop with Knowles assumptions that as adults mature they move from a dependent personality towards one of self-directed learning, an adult accumulates a growing reservoir of experience, the readiness of an adult to learn is closely related to the developmental tasks of his or her social role, adults are motivated internally rather externally, and adults need to know why they need to learn something (Knowles, 1984).
Skeeter begins to mature as the story progresses and fails to accept the dependent mentality that has been taught to her as a child. She learns that there

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