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Night and The Help

My Honors English Project that shows the prejudice and empathy in both books.

Camille Snyder

on 2 April 2013

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Transcript of Night and The Help

0 + - = 9 8 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 c The Train On the train to Auschowitz, dozens of Jews are stuffed into a train car and forced to stand for days. They got very little food and water. Then they were forced away from there families. Because they were Jewish, they were not treated like humans, but like animals, and according to the Nazis had no rights just because of their religion. Real Events In The Help, most of the characters are fiction, but a lot of the events were real or were similar to what was happening at that time. In Night, the we know the entire story was true because the author lived through it. Knowing that the events were true helps to bring the book to life. The Help In the book The Help, Hilly Holbrook writes a law that would make people have a separate bathroom for the colored help that they have in their home. She says that it is dangerous for them to share toilets, because they have different diseases. She gets the bill enforced by the Surgeon General to help get the bill passed. If the bill were to pass it would reinforce the opinion of the white people of that town, making them think that segregation was okay. Black and White Marriage Skeeter's maid, Constantine, had a white man for a father, because Constantine's mother was black and her father was white they could not get married, so she grew up without a father.
Later in life Constatine had her own daughter, Lulabelle. Though Lulabelle had a colored father, she was born with fair skin because of her grandfather's genes. Children who had black features but white skin were discriminated against harshly. To protect her daughter from the discrimination, Constantine gave Lulabelle up for adoption. The Children Elizabeth and Hilly make several racist comments in front of Mae Mobly. Aibileen does everything she can to not let them poison her mind against colored people. In the book, they make a comment about how when children are young they love their maids, but when they grow up they act exactly how their mothers used to act. African Americans and Jews Both books are about the oppression of a group of people. In Night the Jews are being persecuted by the Nazis and in The Help the African Americans are being discriminated against by white people. In both books they are treated unfairly and some are even killed. Strip Search When the people were passed on to the prison instead of the crematorium, they were stripped, shaved, disinfected, had their gold teeth removed, and then re clothed. The guards had no respect for their privacy and made them feel worthless and humiliated in the process. The decided that Jews didn't deserve the right of privacy, and throughout the rest of the book they still never receive any. Empathy and Prejudice The Stars Camille Snyder In the book The Help, a young woman from Jackson, Mississippi, decides to write an anonymous book of interviews from black maids. When the book is released, it soon becomes a best-seller. While the white woman of Jackson read the book, they realize that the book may be about them. This makes them angry and embarrassed, but one of the maids put a story so embarrassing that the woman that it is about tells everyone that it is impossible that the book is about Jackson. Having a well respected white woman tell people that the book wasn't about Jackson kept the maids and the author safe. The book enlightened people on the unfair treatment of the black maids. The Home Sanitation Initiative It's taught When the Nazis came to Elie's town at first they separated them from the other people by having them wear the gold star of David. Then they are forced to move into the ghetto. This makes them get less privileges than the others and degrades all of the Jews. After Skeeter becomes friends with Aibileen and Minny, she begins to see how badly they are treated . After her book comes out, she is shunned by her other friends, Elizabeth and Hilly. She then realizes how badly it feels to be treated like you're beneath someone. A small moment of empathy in The Help, is when Constantine tells Skeeter that she understands her frustrations of being very tall. Skeeter is 5'11" and Constantine is 6'1". She understands that it is harder to be taller than the boys but Skeeter needs to stop feeling sorry for herself. During the story, Elie states that it is merely luck and coincidence that he made it through the Holocaust. He understands how every other survivor feels about making it through. They know that it wasn't the way that the handled the events, but just how the uncontrollable situation worked itself out. Plain Luck What Goes Around Tall Tales Losing The Faith After seeing all of the terrible things that have happened in the camp, many of the Jews are losing their faith. Elie also lost his faith and could understand how they were feeling. One rabbi lost his faith so harshly that he lost the will to survive and was executed because of it. Time Periods Another similarity between the two books is the time periods they take place in. One is in the 1940s and the other in the 1960s, but they both have something in common. During those times people were having problems accepting people who were different than them. The discriminated groups eventually showed them the errors of their ways.
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