What are some similarities between To Kill A Mockingbird and The Help in terms of their themes, symbols, and context? We have an essay to write on the similarities between TKAM and The Help. I have a couple points but are there any other similarities that have to do with theme, symbols, etc.?

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Several similarities exist between these two novels.  First, in their contexts, both are set in the South during times of segregation.  In both, Blacks and Whites live in separate communities, and Jim Crow laws are very prominent.  In To Kill a Mockingbird, which is set in the 1930's, these laws had not yet been challenged; however, The Help is set in the 1960's, after change was already occurring around the South as a result of the Civil Rights movement.  By the end of the book, for example, Aibileen is able to go to the "White" library to check out books. 

In both books, a common theme arises around the tensions that result from the two groups coming together.  Many of the Black citizens in both books travel into the white community to work on a daily basis - they spend many hours in close contact with White families, often as housekeepers and nannies.  While the White women see their presence as a necessity, it still at times makes them uncomfortanble - as seen in Hilly's...

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