The black maids work with Skeeter Phelan, a white woman, to create a book depicting their lives.
Apr 30, Meredith Holley marked it as abandoned Recommends it for: Linda Harrison, Gibney Shelves: I have a friend who is mad at me right now for liking stupid stuff, but the thing is that I do like stupid stuff sometimes, and I think it would be really boring to only like smart things.
These are the books for which I have no patience, topics that maybe someone with more imagination or self-awareness could have written about compassionately, without exploiting the victimization of the characters. The Help is one of these. The telephone game is pretty fun sometimes, and it is really beautiful in monster stories like Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights because what they are telling me is not intended as trustworthy or earnest.
All of the seriousness in monster stories is an impression or an emotion reflected back through the layers of narrative. In this book, a white woman writes from the point of view of a black woman during the Civil Rights movement, who overhears the conversations of white women.
It becomes particularly weird when one of the black maids starts to comment on the extreme accent of one of the white women, Celia Foote, whose written dialogue continues to be impeccable. Who is this narrator?
Why does she choose not to speak proper English if she can speak it?
Also, usually the layers of narration in a telephone-game book are only within the book. I am convinced it is her whose brain hears the white woman speaking TV English, and the black women speaking in dialect. It gives away the game.
Even the quotes from the movie have an example of this. A conversation between her and Minnie goes like this: Celia speaks in a proper sentence, but Minny misses the "are" in the second part of the sentence. Aerin points out in message that I am talking about eye dialectwhich is about spelling, not pronunciation, as in the example above.
Everyone, in real life, speaks in some form of non-standard English. Though I have seen some really beautiful uses of eye dialect, as Aerin points out, writers typically use it to show subservience of characters or that they are uneducated, which often has racist overtones.
And a book about Civil Rights is always important cultural history to me. If you loved this book, though, or, really, even if you hated it I would recommend Coming of Age in Mississippi.
I think that book is one of the more important records of American history.Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi.
After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her.
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Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early s, 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett shows the peak of racial segregation.
The book is narrated by three very different women; Minny, a black maid unable.
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Understand more, faster. Free! The Help, Kathryn Stockett The Help is a novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early s.
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