Review: The Help

Cover image for The helpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in 1692. The main focus of the book is to expose the injustice and discrimination that maids, or “the help,” have to deal with every day when they work for white women. The story is told from three different points of view. The first point of view comes from Skeeter, a young white woman that just graduated college and it trying to get a job in the publishing business. Aibileen and Minny are two black maids and they also help tell the story from their point of view. This book offers three new perspectives of the racial prejudice that occurred in the south and it is an accurate portrayal of everyday life during the civil rights movement.

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  1. I enjoyed the novel immensely, as it was from the perspective of both the persecuted and the contentious objector. It is a bit of a slower read because of the southern tongue used to portray the poorly educated maids, but once the reader becomes comfortable with the dialect, it should move faster. I would recommend to any reader that you enjoy this book possibly after a United States history course or during the learning in order to get the most, contextually, from the novel.

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