What is the single main conflict in the help? I'm having trouble narrowing it down.

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, the main conflict in The Help is the racism that still exists between the black maids and the white women who employ them.  Only one white woman is willing to help and sets off an overt conflict with her book research.  The black women have to choose whether to help with the book or not as it could be dangerous or they could lose their jobs which they need.  The white woman also has to choose to go against everything she was taught in the community in which she lived--that she was superior to any black woman simply because she was white.  The black women had to put up with humiliation such as the toilet in the house not being for anyone black, and the white writer had to tolerate the comments of the other white women about her being a traitor to her class.  When the book comes out, the black women feel a true sense of victory and let the white writer into their circle as a real member.

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