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 similarities between that and To Kill a Mockingbird.
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 people of color, 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 The Help: 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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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.
To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help are similar in their physical and social settings. Both stories are set in the Deep South, with To Kill a Mockingbird in Maycomb County, Alabama and The Help in Jackson, Mississippi. While Mockingbird takes place in the Depression-era 1930s, The Help takes place in the socially and politically super-charged 1960s.
Although these time periods are three decades apart, they both occurred in times of social stress. White privilege and prejudice was a given in most areas of the country in the 30s, as we see in To Kill a Mockingbird. Tom Robinson, defended by Atticus Finch, is unjustly convicted of raping a white woman and then killed while in custody. Some members of the community are not disturbed by this, and Atticus is vilified by some for having the temerity to defend a black man against a white man.
In The Help, the several of the characters are African-American maids. As the story develops we see how they are mistreated, especially in comparison to white employees. Like Atticus, the main character faces white opposition in her desire to work with African-Americans to improve their situation and bring awareness to their plight. This shows us how prejudicial attitudes have persisted over the course of the decades.
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