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The Help - Lit & Film

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The Help By: Sam Taylor Awards Director: Tate Taylor Emma Stone Eugina "Skeeter" Phelan Viola Davis Abileen Clark Bryce Dallas Howard Hilly Holbrook Octavia Spencer Minny Jackson Jessica Chastain Celia Foote The Help Kathryn Stockett Published: February 10, 2009 The Help Released: August 9, 2011 Rating: PG-13 Cast Movie AFI Award Oscar
- Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer Critics Choice Award
- Best Actress
Viola Davis Teen Choice Awards
- Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Emma Stone Critics Choice Award
- Best Acting Ensamble 76% on Rotten Tomatoes Sound & Score Book Movie The movie mainly has nondiegetic music meaning that the music played can not be heard by the characters. There are some scenes where a character is listening to the radio and can hear the music, which is diegetic music. Book Boeke Award Orange Prize for Fiction: Longlist 2010 Mise en Scene The Help is told from different view points of an African American maid and a white woman. It is about how several African American women get together with a white lady to write a book about what it is like to work for a white family in Jackson, Mississippi. The theme of the book is racism and discrimination against African Americans who are free and are allowed to do everything that white people are allowed to do. The author starts the book where Skeeter is interviewing Abileen for the book, then the author goes back and starts from the beginning of Abileen's story and eventually catches up to present. The climax of the book is when the maids agree to help Skeeter write her book. She interviews them all individually and creates a chapter with their story of what it is like for them to work for a white family. The theme is revealed at the end of the novel when Hilly accuses Abileen of stealing her silver. Abileen tries to explain that she didn't steal it and to check the baby's bed because he likes to snatch things, but Hilly wouldn't hear none of it; she was dead set on Abileen stealing the silver because she is African American. The director establishes the theme in the opening sequence by starting off at Abileen's house where Skeeter is interviewing her. The theme is shown here because Abileen is very quiet and respectful with Skeeter in her house. She doesn't talk freely, only when Skeeter asks her a question. The climax of the movie is just like in the book, the suspense of the book just builds up all the way until the maids agree to help Skeeter with her book. The maids all gather at Abileen's house after Yule May gets arrested and surprise Skeeter with agreeing to tell their stories. The theme of racism is showed at the end when Hilly declares that Abileen stole three pieces of her silver. Abileen tries to explain it wasn't her and tries to say that the baby likes to take things, but Hilly doesn't want to hear it. She is dead set that Abileen stole her silver because she is an African American. Three Shot - medium shot with three actors. This shot shows that Hilly is the one in charge of the group. Close Up - detailed view of person. This is a close up of Minny and her emotions when she gives Hilly her "special" chocolate pie and shows how much she hates Hilly. Establishing Shot - extreme long or long shot offered at beginning of scene. This is a long shot of Hilly's house when all of the toilets have been dropped off. Over the Shoulder Shot - medium shot of two people with camera placed behind shoulder of lone character. This is an over the shoulder shot when Abileen is talking to Mae Mobley. Telephoto Lens - used from a long distance, blurs background. The focus on this picture is of Skeeter with a blurred background, soft focus. Chapter 1 Chapter 7 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 1 Dominant - hands held, two different skin colors. Lighting Key - high contrast with bright spots of sunlight. Shot & Camera Proxemics - three medium shot, three characters from about waist up. Angle - eye level, can see every ones faces without having to look up or down. Color Values - green background: nature, environment. Blue Dress: pure, calm, peace. Lens/Filter/Stock - no visible filter, telephoto lens due to blurred background. Subsidiary Contrast - Minny in the middle of hand holding. Density - bright green color in the background, light and dark colors up front. Composition - the color symbolism all flows well together. Form - closed form, everything is in the scene, nobody is going to abruptly walk off. Framing - loosely, not all crammed together but at a fair distance. Depth - two planes used, background and shot. Character placement - Minny and Abileen on one side of shot with Skeeter on the other. Staging Positions - Abileen and Skeeter face each other, Minny faces the camera full on. Character Proxemics - personal distances, eighteen inches to four feet away from each other. Irony
"He even started writing his own book, bout being a colored man living and working in Mississippi." (Stockett 2)
This is ironic because Abileen takes on this role and writes a book about what it is like to work for a white family. Imagery
"I put on my white uniform and put my little gold cross back around my neck..." (Stockett 3)
This is imagery of Abileen and how she has to dress everyday when she goes to work for a white family. Foil
Hilly and Skeeter are FOILs of each other because Hilly thinks that she owns the maid and that she is better than African Americans where Skeeter gets along with African Americans and treats them as equals whenever possible. Simile
"Her face be the same shape as that red devil on the redhot candy box, pointy chin and all." (Stockett 2)
This is a simile because Abileen compares Mae Mobley's face to something else, uses "as". Onomatopoeia
"Thunk thunk thunk." (Stockett 434)
This is when words are written like they sound, this is from when somebody is knocking on Abileen's door during a storm and she gets scared. Works Cited
Stockett, Kathryn. The Help. New York: Amy Einhorn, 2009. Print. The Help. Dir Tate Taylor. Touchstone Pictures, 2011. Film "The Help." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. "Penguin.com (usa)." Penguin Group (USA). N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013. Google Images How Skeeter Evolves

Skeeter is the main character in The Help. She is a white girl who has come home from college with a college degree in journalism. At the beginning of the book Skeeter acts and dresses like everyone else in society. The book uses imagery to show that Skeeter's appearance changes overtime, along with the change inside Skeeter. The book also uses foils of Skeeter and Hilly to show just how different they both are, and that both of their true selves eventually come out at the end of the book. Flashbacks are used to show how much Skeeter has grown since she was a little girl. She has grown up and stands up for things she believes in and speaks her mind when she doesn't like things.

The movie shows how Skeeter grows up similar to the book. As Skeeter starts to change, you see that they use more close ups of her face and registers her emotions to the scene. Throughout the whole movie, Skeeter wears the color blue which symbolizes purity. That is one thing that doesn't change to show that she is still the same girl at the end of the book as she was as a little kid. The director of the movie also uses more of soft focus shots with Skeeter especially when she is in an intimate scene.
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