Where might there be an example of hypocrisy in the film version of The Help?hypocrisy 1. the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour,...

Where might there be an example of hypocrisy in the film version of The Help?

hypocrisy

1. the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety;

2.  the condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Skeeter's desire to write the book is an exploration of the hypocrisy that is evident in a life predicated upon segregation.  The time honored tradition of "the help" taking care of White children and tending to them while keeping these individuals at a significant distance is one element of hypocrisy in the film.  The other most striking element of segregation is the idea that the maids who must raise children who are not their own tend to them, bathe them, cook for them, and emotionally provide for them only to see these children that they for all practical purposes have raised turn out to replicate the same practices of segregation that enabled "the help" to raise them in the first place.  This becomes another more intense level of hypocrisy in the film. The women who must raise children who are not their own, even at the cost of tending to their own children, must do so and see these children continue the same policies of exclusion and social marginalization that ostracize the very women who have had a hand in raising the children.  The film and Stockett's work carefully point out the fraud and hypocrisy in Southern segregation as not something that kept races separate, but rather something that kept one race in constant power over another.  The conclusion that one makes was that it was never about race as much as it was about power invoking race.  In this, hypocrisy is duly evident.

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