How is the novel "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett a work of historical fiction?
These are my points that prove it is:
- The "secret project" (because it isn't real and it never happened, but it's in the civil rights movement era)
-the characters aren't real, but they are depicted in a way that would happen in that time era.
If you any more ideas that would be great!
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You've identified the main supporting points for your argument - the book uses fictional characters and fictional actions, but the plot is based in a real location and incorporates actual events along with fictional ones.
Historical fiction can be defined as using fictional characters and locations in a way that strives "to capture the manners and social conditions of the persons or time(s) presented in the story, with due attention paid to period detail and fidelity." In The Help, Kathryn Stockett creates a story about white families who didn't actually live in Jackson, Mississippi and their African-American domestic employees to portray the attitudes and conditions existing in that type of relationship. The book is not based on real-life employers and employees, but the circumstances in the book are intended to show what might have been happening at that time in that place.
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