The Help

I look forward to finishing The Help because I have enjoyed the reading so far and I enjoyed the movie. The Help gives us a humorous, sometimes light-hearted, and other times heavy-hearted, look at the community dynamic during the 1960s. From the prospective of our class, The Help gives us a nice look at a few different housewives as well as dynamic between housewives in a neighborhood community.

Miss Leeloft and Miss Hilly embody the typical white housewife during the 1960s: having other people raise their children and do the housework while they socialized with other housewives or dare I say, compete with each other to build their status in society. The people who raised their children are in a separate society or class, lower and “the help”. Within their community, they share housekeeping stories and gossip. I love how Aibileen’s ears “perk up” at lunch when they start talking about her best friend, Minny. As well as making up for where the white housewife lacks in domesticity, the black women also have to play the housewife, motherly role at their own home to their own children. Their job effects their home dynamic because they are not able to be motherly to their children like they are with the children they keep. But being help is just about the only job they can attain. It is a hard and frustrating subject to grasp and discuss.

Miss Skeeter is the fresh flower of hope and change for women in 1960s Mississippi. She embodies women and civil rights, she believes in equality, which is something that was few and far between at the time and place. I am interested to see what she does in the book, I have seen the movie and I know it will be similar but I am interested to see the differences.


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