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What is the tone and diction of The Help?

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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, humorous, serious, formal, or informal. In Stockett's novel, she uses tone and diction to create the distinct voices of the characters who narrate the novel.

Aibileen is the first character to speak. She uses what used to be called "black vernacular language." Basically, she uses an informal style of speaking that includes the wrong form of the verb "to be." For example, "Miss Hilly be a angry woman" (this is not a direct quote but an example of the style of speech Aibileen uses). She often uses "a" rather than "an." From the diction, which is the word choice the author uses, readers can infer that Aibileen is not well educated. We also learn that she has a great love for the children she cares for and that she is very scared to participate in Skeeter's project. She fears the backlash the white women...

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