At home Skeeter reads the story. Miss Walter, Hilly's mother, is also at the game. Leroy then tries to kill Minny. Unfortunately, such an exposé is a dangerous proposition, not just for Skeeter, but for any maids who agree to help her. I was so engrossed in the story and characters that I drove the speed limit on the highway and took the scenic route while running errands. Other characters were equally unbelievable.
So clearly it can be done. Presenting itself as the story of how African-American maids in the South viewed their employers during Jim Crow days, it is equally the story of how they empowered a young white woman to write a best-seller about them, and how that book transformed the author's mother. The characters bring stereotypes to life in an effort to fuel a raging fire while offering dichotomous perspectives. She tells Aibileen she did something terrible to Hilly, something involving a pie, but she won't say what. All of the seriousness in monster stories is an impression or an emotion reflected back through the layers of narrative.
Stockett also creates strong, lovable, yet imperfect characters that you'll be rooting for until the very end. Minny Minny Jackson is another black maid who also serves as narrator in portions of the book. Mae Mobley is physically abused and neglected by her mother, Elizabeth. The narrative in The Help places the perspective from a white journalist Miss Skeeter and 2 black maids Aibileen and Minny. The Help has since been published in 35 countries and three languages. Eventually, Minny and several other maids in the community warm to Skeeter and agree to share their stories.
Rebellious, full of anger, intelligent, wise, and good - how she was able to cope with a home life filled with conflict and carry on working fulltime besides is beyond me. The first third of the book establishes the main characters and their situation and relationships; the rest of it revolves around a This is a powerful story about women's relationships with each other, and how they are affected by race and class , told from the viewpoints of three women two black maids and a young white woman. Aibileen observes the bridge game being played today at the Leefolts. This tumultuous trio takes the first step in sparking a movement that will ignite fire to the racism and hypocrisy of their small town. And a book about Civil Rights is always important cultural history to me. For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect, makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism. As Minny discovers when Hilly decides to send her mother to a nursing home, being a maid is a position with absolutely no job security; a maid can be fired at any time for any infraction, and despite years of service, she might find it difficult to find another position if someone in the white community spreads rumors about her.
The story jumps back and forth between the three characters, all of them providing their version of life in the South, the dinner parties, the fund-raising events, the social and racial boundaries, family relationships, friendships, working relationships, poverty, hardship, violence, and fear. The Help is set in and begins in August 1962. However, blacks, then, had even less access to understanding and knowledge than their white peers which left them with little other than their own consciences as proof of their worth. I don't want to spoil too much about the book, but the most amazing thing about The Help is its characters. Hilly tells Skeeter she's working to have a law passed that would make it mandatory for white families to build outside bathrooms for their black employees. The first person Skeeter interviews is Aibileen. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way.
Not that much separates us. Some details about a pie seem to belong in a different kind of movie. She's offered a job at the publishing house in New York, which she is disinclined to take, but Aibileen and Minny insist that she must. But her new boss has secrets of her own. The white community considers her black because her parents are black, but the black community considers her white because she has pale skin. I presume that was necessary because they needed to be contemporaries of Skeeter, and she needed to be young, but it still made me question the story in broader terms.
Miss Skeeter is also an important part of this story. Anger at Hilly over her treatment of Yule May, plus a little persuasion from Minny, convinces eleven more maids to tell their stories for Skeeter's book. We are happy for the two white women, and a third, but as the film ends it is still Jackson, Mississippi and Ross Barnett is still governor. To get us there, Stockett gives us three ordinary birds, a picture of ordinary life asking to be accepted for its honest simplicity. In order to convince producers to shoot in Greenwood, Tate Taylor and others had previously come to the town and scouted out locations; at his first meeting with DreamWorks executives, he presented them with a photo album of potential filming spots in the area. Skeeter's girlhood friends have all gotten married and started families, but Skeeter is disturbed to see how they treat their African American maids.
After Yule Mae's arrest, nearly all the local maids volunteer to help with the book. May be a seed was immediately planted inside a me. Audio books are good for me. These chapters also show that Aibileen thinks Elizabeth Leefolt is too skinny and too unhappy to be a good mother; and that Baby Girl has a dangerous devotion to Aibileen. I shifted the book in my hands, flipping to the author's biography and photograph on the back of the dust jacket. Skeeter asks Minny if she ever wishes things could be different, which reveals to Minny that Skeeter might not be like all the rest of the white women. I can list you any number of these writers who would be fine if they weren't reaching into topics about which they have no personal experience incidentally, all writers I'm pretty sure my angry friend loves.