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Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel The Help has three unique female narrators who all have a story to tell. Deciding which five events to include as an answer to your question was very difficult...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2013 11:31 pm UTC

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In Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help, Skeeter Phelan has special memories of the woman who helped to raise her: Constantine. When Skeeter felt she could not find a place in the house where she...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2011 5:36 pm UTC

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The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi, beginning in 1962, so the setting drives much of the conflict in the novel. The novel is told with three narrators who rotate sharing perspectives in...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 12:40 pm UTC

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The central conflict in the novel is three-fold. Every major conflict is tied to the publication of the book project that Minny, Skeeter and Aibileen work on with the help of other maids from...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012 9:40 pm UTC

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The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962. Much of the action takes place in the houses of middle-class white people in a neighborhood called Belhaven, but as seen as from the point of view...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 2:11 pm UTC

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One example of Aibileen's bravery is when she takes Mae Mobley out to her (meaning Aibileen's) bathroom, which is outside the house in the garage. She does this so that Mae Mobley can see how she,...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2018 7:14 pm UTC

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From the beginning of their relationship, Minny senses that Celia is different from other white women she has known. Minny says, "Miss Celia, the way she stares at me with those big eyes like I'm...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 10:49 pm UTC

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The cast of characters in The Help is on the large side, however the list of central characters consists of just four characters. These are the characters that drive the action of the novel. Miss...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2012 1:39 pm UTC

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When Minny was working for Hilly's mother's, Hilly treated Minny poorly and always accused her of trying to steal things from the home. Minny was fed-up with Hilly's disrespectful attitude, so she...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2011 1:27 am UTC

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Pies are a symbol and a motif that occur regularly in the novel. Minny bakes a pie with feces in it that she gives to Hilly as a way to get back at Hilly for her poor treatment. The pie is a symbol...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2017 4:05 pm UTC

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One can take this message in different potential directions. Overall, one might see the message in The Help involving the necessity of courage in fighting injustice. Among the white families...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019 9:12 pm UTC

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This is a large novel with a number of themes, many of which relate to ideas of racial tolerance and race relations. Hypocrisy and integrity are themes subservient to the larger race-driven themes...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012 10:01 pm UTC

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The climax of The Help is the publication of the book Skeeter wrote anonymously with the stories of African-American maids. The book begins to receive a great deal of publicity, and...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016 4:32 pm UTC

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Some time after we read a book or watch a movie, we find ourselves recalling certain scenes or dialogues that resonated with us. The “most memorable” ones are a matter of personal perspective and...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2016 11:52 am UTC

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Authors and publishers sometimes deliberately use titles that can be interpreted in several ways. The fun lies in letting the readers discover the multiple references. At its core, the name and the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2016 11:28 pm UTC

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Director Tate Taylor leverages the dual visual and audio capabilities of the film medium to portray the real spirit of the movie adaption of the book The Help. As in the book, the film is set in...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 1:10 pm UTC

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The Help is a story told alternately by Aibileen, Minny, and Miss Skeeter. Let’s consider that each one of them has a problem to solve. If we add Hilly Holbrook to the list, we have four. Of...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 5:18 pm UTC

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Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help is told through the voices of Aibileen, Minnie, and Skeeter. In literature, tone refers to the speaker's attitude toward a subject. A tone can be, for example,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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The main difficulty Skeeter faces when she comes back home from college is the sense of alienation. Her friends are married and have children, while she is still single. Even though they try,...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018 5:33 pm UTC

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In Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help, the main events generally center around its three main characters: Skeeter Phalen who decides to write the book about "the help;" Aibileen, the black maid who...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 4:41 pm UTC

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Miss Skeeter is different because she is more progressive and independent. Prejudice against black people is ingrained in most of the people where Skeeter grew up. However, she had a close...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019 1:52 pm UTC

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In Kathryn Stockett's The Help, the three main characters have strengths and weaknesses. Skeeter Phalen's strength is her resolve in wanting to expose the often difficult lives of black maids...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 4:03 pm UTC

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In Kathryn Stockett's The Help, the main character, Skeeter, is developing a book about the racial injustices faced by black maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the civil rights era. In the novel,...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018 2:13 pm UTC

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The most obvious ethical issue both the movie and the book raise is that of racism. The white people in the movie largely accept a system that dehumanizes a group of people based on race. The...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 1:59 pm UTC

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The Help is set during the early 1960s, prior to the rise of second-wave feminism, which radically transformed the struggle for women's rights with its insistent demands for female equality....

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020 5:55 pm UTC

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The best (and funniest) example of foreshadowing is when Minny shows up at Hilly's house with a chocolate pie. Because Hilly is so pretentious—and because Minny is a strong character with a good...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 1:48 pm UTC

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The climax of a novel occurs when the central conflicts are resolved. For this reason, the climax of this novel is somewhat extended as there are four characters with clearly defined conflicts in...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 2:40 pm UTC

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It is a pretty phenomenal moment in both book and film. I think that you want to reference Chapter 26 in Stockett's work. The scene is retold from Minny's point of view to Miss Celia and is...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 11:50 pm UTC

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Kathryn Stockett's book The Help is set in the Deep South in Jackson, Mississippi, during the civil rights movement, from 1962 to 1964. The book exposes the social, cultural, and racial differences...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2018 2:47 am UTC

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One aspect of Skeeter that is difficult to make sense of and may be a flaw in the character presentation is the source of her outward-looking attitudes. We can understand that Skeeter's time at...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2016 12:39 pm UTC

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One of the most striking episodes of racism that white women display towards their maids in The Help is the incident in which Skeeter's mother, Mrs. Phelan, lets Constantine, who has worked for the...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016 9:53 pm UTC

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The question of voice as it relates to social power is a theme that runs through The Help. Author Kathryn Stockett occasionally shows Aibileen's voice as being heard by those with social power;...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 5:55 am UTC

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Skeeter's mother's version of what happened with Constantine's daughter is told to Skeeter in Chapter 27. Skeeter has already heard of one version of this story, but it is important to her to hear...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 6:37 am UTC

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It may help to think about The Help in terms of the conflict and climax in order to work through this. Much of the novel focuses on the racism in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s and the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 11:30 am UTC

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I must admit, the character of Mae Mobley and the way that she is ignored by her mother was one of the more disturbing parts of this excellent story. Mae Mobley's saviour is her black maid,...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2011 7:54 pm UTC

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In Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help, the exposition introduces the story's three main characters, describes their characteristics and where they live within the society of Jackson, Mississippi...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2011 1:16 pm UTC

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The answer to this question depends upon what you think the conflict is. If you think it is the racial divide between the black maids and the white employers in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 11:12 pm UTC

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Common themes that exist between To Kill A Mockingbird and The Help can be seen in how both address racism and the role of the individual. The theme of intolerance is a critical element to both...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2015 2:52 pm UTC

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In Kathryn Stockett's The Help, Skeeter, Elizabeth and Hilly are peers. Skeeter is a free spirit who has no difficulty thinking for herself. Raised by a black maid who she deeply cared for, and...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015 6:16 am UTC

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The Help is told in first-person narrative and with alternating chapters by three main characters: Aibileen, Minny, and Miss Skeeter. Aibileen Clark is a black maid who works for the Leefolt...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2016 3:06 pm UTC

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Well, while literary techniques can be specific to each work of fiction (such as the techniques listed above), literary elements are common to ALL. Therefore, to answer your question, one would...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2015 3:23 pm UTC

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By the end of Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help, Skeeter's book about "the help" has been published. Aibileen stands up to Hilly when Hilly threatens to accuse Aibileen of stealing. Aibileen...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 5:18 am UTC

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I think that one of the strongest examples of foreshadowing in the novel comes from Abileen's most foundational understanding of being in the world. She views consciousness as something that...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 4:10 am UTC

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The most salient symbol in the novel is the book that the women work on. This book is uses the same phrase, "the help", as the novel-proper and some of its significance can be found in this phrase....

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 2:21 pm UTC

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The first chapter is told by Aibileen. It is here in the second section of this chapter that she talks about losing her 24-year-old son, Treelore. He had been working a night job at a mill, loading...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 10:10 am UTC

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Aibileen's bitterness towards white society is worsened by the way in which the white child she cares for and loves, Mae Mobley, is treated by her own mother, Elizabeth Leefolt. Elizabeth abuses...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2016 2:47 am UTC

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In The Help, the event that caused the most amount of change is the publishing of Skeeter's book Help. People are shocked by the content of the book, and the book moves from distribution in small...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2010 9:55 am UTC

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A literary element is a component of fiction, such as a book's characters, plot, or tone, that helps the author tell the story. An important literary element in The Help is its setting, as the book...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018 9:35 pm UTC

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The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, explores the relationships between white women and their black maids. In chapter twenty-four of the novel, Minny and Celia are faced with an unusual incident which...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2013 5:48 am UTC

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At its core, The Help is a book about a book. The three main characters – Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson, and Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan – are compiling a book about the lives of the black maids of...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2016 1:52 pm UTC

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