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The Help by Kathryn stockett

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Carly Hinkle

on 12 January 2015

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Transcript of The Help by Kathryn stockett

The novel, "The Help" is set in August, 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. The novel is about lives of three women living in Jackson, right around when the Civil Rights movement began.
Some turning points/ climaxes include: the maids coming together to help Skeeter (providing their personal life experiences). Also, when the book gets published, and lastly, when Hilly confronts Aibileen about the book.
Falling Action / Resolution
The falling action is when Aibileen leaves Mae Mobley and she repeats that she is kind, smart, and important.
This leads up to the resolution that Aibileen is finally free to start over a new life without working as a maid
Point of View
The point of view is first person and has three narrators throughout the book, Skeeter Phelan, Aibileen Clark, and Minny Jackson.
Protagonists/ Antagonists
Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny are the protagonists because they are "the heros' of the book. Hilly is the antagonists because of her selfish and greedy behavior.
The Help by Kathryn stockett
The rising action of The Help is when Skeeter learns that Aibileen's only son, Treelore died; he wanted to write about a black man growing up in Mississippi. This triggers Skeeter wanting to write a book about black maids working for wealthy white families in Mississippi.
Skeeter asks Aibileen to help her with the book she wants to write. Aibileen refuses because she is scared of the laws but eventually agrees. She suggests one of friends Minny will help too.
Hilly accuses Yule May (a maid) for stealing and is sent to jail. The maids are upset at Hilly and over ten of the black women decide to help Skeeter write her book. Aibileen, Minny, Skeeter, and a lot of other maids work really hard on the book.
Rising Action
Skeeter-round and dynamic
Aibileen-round and dynamic
Minny-round and dynamic
Hilly-flat and dynamic
Celia Foote-round and static
Constatine-flat and static
Elizabeth-flat and dynamic
Yule May-flat and static
reasons why you should read the help:
Strengths of the book: strong human understanding and feelings of love. Weakness: racism still exsists.
People should read this book because it shows how to fight for what you believe in. Also it shows how different things use to be in the 60s. People who would like this book are people who like books about standing up for what you want.
Conflict/ Genre

The conflict of The Help is man vs. man because every major conflict is tied to the publication of the book project Minny, Skeeter, and Aibileen work on with the help of other maids from Jackson
The genre is historical fiction because the plot is set in the 60s.
Theme: racial injustice or racial intolerance
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