The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett, and published on 2009, reveals extreme racism throughout the story. Having to hear the story from three very different characters’ point of view gets me emotional with all of their happy and sad moments.
Aibileen, a black maid who’s very wise, faithful, and religious spends most of her time taking care of the upper class family. She is the one who takes care of Miss Leefolt’s daughter. Devoted to a white’s daughter, Aibileen takes care of this little girl with generosity, as if it was her very own. Instead of having Miss Leefolt telling her daughter the importance of life, Aibileen tells the little girl, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
Minny is another black maid who can’t stop herself from whatever she wants to say. Although Minny and Aibileen are best friends, Minny is straightforward, brave, and audacious. Having to have a bad habit of never keeping her mouth shut, she has lost many jobs.However, there is one thing she’s really good at and proud of: being a good cook. She’s like the top chef you see in “Hell’s Kitchen,” making perfect food, and never burning any of her dishes.
Miss Skeeter, twenty-two years old, returns home after graduating from Ole Miss, expecting her mother to be proud of her. Instead, her mother expects her to come back with a ring on her finger. In contrary, all Skeeter has ever dreamed of was to become a writer. And this, leads to the very beginning of The Help.
Miss Skeeter decides to write a book about maids in Jacksonville. In order to do so, she asks Aibileen and Minny for help with the book. Although each and every one of them are different in one way or another, they come together and decide to make the book, even if it meant taking risks.
Miss Skeeter needs at least a dozen maids to help her out to finish the novel. After a serious, yet depressing incident, more maids decide to help out with the book, giving Miss Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny a hope that their plan of publishing it would be worth the consequences.
After being published anonymously, white women start guessing and recognizing themselves in the book. Not only did this give maids hope, but it also has lead Miss Skeeter to a separation between herself and her friends. The separation is due to having different views on racism and future integrity on Jacksonville.
Kathryn Stockett states really clear that the whole point of this novel The Help was to change the lives of others, and to let many people view black people differently. It is to show hope, and joy to those who have been segregated before, not only for black maids, but also for those who’s been left out before. Making changes to how people view things, is like watching magicians doing their magic tricks and audiences getting mind blown.
As one of my auntie once said, “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can get together.”