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hihihi1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 2, 2012 at 5:38 AM via web

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What are the similarities between To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Help by Katheryn Stockett? 

In English class we watched The Help movie and now we have to write an essay depicting the similiarities between that and The Help. 

I know that there are many similarities but I am having trouble thinking of them. 

I already have a couple ideas but it surely isn't enough to write an essay on. 

- Miss Skeeter and Atticus are similar because they both are voicing the truth. 

- When it comes to coloured people, society tells the general public how to treat them. Example 1 TKM: Tom Robinson's trial the jury just went with what society expected of them and what was the majority. Example 2 TheHelp: Miss Hilly's Home Sanitation proposal. Everyone was fully for it because it was what was accepted in society.  

Or something a long those lines. 

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 2, 2012 at 7:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Despite the difference in Southern setting (the Great Depression for Mockingbird and the 1960's in The Help), many of the themes remain the same--racism, white superiority, conforming to society's expectations.  I don't see that many similarities between the character of Atticus and the character of Miss Skeeter, other than their willingness to do what they believe to be right.  Atticus, however, was much more open and talkative about his views and what he planned to do to defend Tom Robinson; Miss Skeeter was necessarily surreptitious about her activities, knowing she had to protect her sources, the African American women who agreed to talk to her. 

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hihihi1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 2, 2012 at 5:40 AM (Answer #2)

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Oops, I meant that and TKAM, not that and The Help. Sorry, that's a little confusing. 

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