Eugenia “Skitter” Philae is a graduate student hose dream is to become a writer, but when she tries for a position at the local newspaper, she is given the job Of writing housekeeping tips. At the time, it wasn’t uncommon to find a black domestic worker doing all the housework so, Skitter tries to find a ‘help’ for tips.
Skitter turns to Abilene, her friend Elizabethan black domestic worker. During the weekly housekeeping tip meetings, Abilene tells Skitter about Setter’s old nanny, Constantine.Constantine was someone Skitter loved, but upon returning from college, Setter’s parents told her that Constantine had left to go live with family in Chicago. Abilene tells Skitter otherwise, eying that she’d been fired. This leads to Setter’s realization of how differently her friend’s maids are treated in comparison with white employees. She then gathers the three black maids and writes a book about each of their experiences working with the families. Hilly, Skitters childhood friend, goes against the writing of the book because she has a different view of the future integration of Mississippi.
In the end, Ninny shows Hilly the secrets told in the book, getting Hilly to be quiet. The Help shows the irony of the relationships between the white children and ‘help’ who practically raised them even after the abolition of slavery. This book becomes the voice the the black maids and causes the community of Jackson to rethink the fine line drawn between blacks and whites”. Author Biography Kathy Socket was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1969. She was raised by her help, Demerit. Her mother wasn’t really there for her therefore, Demerit was the motherly figure in her life.
This wasn’t uncommon at the time, infant, it was normal to find the black help cleaning, cooking, and even raising the white children. Demerit was Astrakhan’s best friend, Kathy not realizing the irony Of the intimate relationship she had with her family help. Astrakhan’s publishing career began when she graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing.
She then returned to Jackson, Mississippi, to find her dear friend Demerit gone. She finds out that Demerit hadn’t left on her own like her parents had told her, but instead, Demerit had been fired by her parents.She now understood the irony of having the black help as her best friend and felt that the current situation with blacks and whites wasn’t right. Astrakhan’s parents had just gotten divorced and her mother was constantly pressuring her to start settling down tit someone. Kathy then decided to move to New York City to pursue her career in writing with a job in Magazine publishing. She worked in NYC for about nine years. While working in New York, she wrote The Help because she was feeling homesick. She also wrote Cute Sister and La Coulter Des Sentiments, which also discuss the topic of the black-white relationship in the American South.
The Help is now a major motion picture production by Disney. Kathy Socket currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and one Of her five children. She doesn’t have any plans on writing a sequel to The Help but is currently writing another novel which she doesn’t plan on publishing anytime soon. She is a very private author who doesn’t disclose much information about her personal life. She was sued by Abilene Cooper because Mrs.. Cooper said that her identity was used in the book and she was not given any recognition. Mrs.
. Socket won the case because the judge waived off the claim.Reviews The Publisher Weekly review had a positive feeling towards The Help. The author mainly summarized the book, but saying, “Assured and layered, full Of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it” the author makes point in saying that the book is so good they expect for it to become a bestseller. Liked how the author explained why the main character wrote the book she was writing in The Help because it helped the reader understand the whole book.
I would’ve liked for the author of the review to have put some things that they didn’t like in the book to make their review more thorough.The author should have also put examples from the book to back up their opinions. The Ledger’s review had a positive feeling towards the book. They summarized the book, highlighting key events to back up their opinion of the book.
The author said, “Swapping between character’s perspectives helped the reader understand the characters more and have a deeper emotional tie to them. ” What she said was something that I agree on because the author was able to pace transitions between characters well enough to make a tie to them.The author enjoyed the way the book was written although other reviews do not like this, but they backed their opinion here as well.
They put their emotions for the book while they read it, which would help a reader feel more interested in the book. I would’ve like for the author to put something that they didn’t like about the book. The Huffing Post book review has a generally negative view of the book. They feel strongly that the dialect was wrong for the whites and was very strict with the blacks.Saying, “Responses have been generally very positive towards The Help, which details the lives of black maids in ass’s Mississippi and the white women they work for, but some seem disconcerted by the idea of Socket, a white woman, writing, with heavy dialect, in the voices of black women” the author made it clear that the other review shoulder included this. Liked that the author was able to back her opinion and have excerpts from other reviews as proof. I am glad that they put things that they did and didn’t like about the book giving the reader a thorough book review. Dietary Analysis The Help was an enjoyable book.
The author’s writing allowed me to relate with the characters making it enjoyable. Although the book was generally good, the most outstanding flaw of the book was the dialect of the characters. Would recommend this book to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in history. It is hard to put down, and seems to be in line with historical facts. The outstanding flaw to me was that the book seemed a bit racist. The dialect given to the black characters was continuously incorrect.
For example, “Oh, like your Miss Patterson anti… Law, that woman crazy,” both showing incorrect dialect from a black character.Now, looking at a white character’s dialect, “Ninny cooks fine… Lam just not so hungry like used to be.
” This characters dialect is much better than the black character’s. One thing that enjoyed about the book was the transition from character to character. The transitions were all well paced and put at the right moments.
For example, Ninny is fired from her position as a domestic black worker. The author gave the character enough time to mourn and to act helpless before transitioning o the next character before the character’s emotions went too overboard.The Abilene then introduced a new job position to Ninny making all of the emotions recognized yet not exorbitant. She helped Ninny feel more confident saying, “Maybe Miss Walter didn’t tell her them lies Miss Hilly started. You never know. ” This made me feel a good connection with Abilene because she tries to do good.
Knowing that Socket was able to convey her thoughts and experiences through someone else’s mind, really makes me believe that she is a very good author. I enjoyed her way of transitioning through characters although others ay not agree.The way that she made the blacks dialect made me believe that the book seemed racist, but I believe it made an impact on my perspective of the characters allowing Socket to make a point in the difference between the black and white communities. In conclusion, my overall thought of the book was positive and I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the IIS South’s history. Conclusion Kathy Stockpots novel, The Help, was able to take many readers in the mind of someone who experienced the time period in American history when the black and white community was largely separated.
As able to prove my hisses stating Kathy Stockpot’s book, The Help, widely opened the doors to the worldwide readers to the experiences of those separated by the thin line drawn between blacks and whites in the sass through analyzing the book, seeing the plot, and responding to reviews of the book. Although in the perspective of other characters, Socket was able to insert her own thought and experiences and make the characters’ stories as engrossing as her own. In conclusion, through thorough research of The Help, I have been able to prove my thesis.
Bibliography Sunhat, Jessie. The Help: Kathy Stockpot’s Controversial Hit.