Thursday, April 24, 2014
Today, I'd like to introduce you to a novel by Kathryn Stockett called "The Help". As its title states, it a novel about the help, i.e. women that take care of the house and children, or in other words, maids. The story takes place in the 1950-60s in the south of America, in Missipi. There are many important characters involved, all of which are either African American maids, or white American housewives. The story revolves around how the maids are treated by their house lady, mostly because of the ambient racism, and how nobody does anything to change it, quite the contrary, as movements keep trying to differentiate whites from blacks, as if one was a superior race to the other. Then, Skeeter, a young and ambitious white girl, comes back home after getting her degree and realizes that the maid she had known her whole life and who had raised her is gone. She becomes obsessed by what happened to her, and why her mother would have let her go, and goes around asking questions to other maids that might have known her story. As she does so, and amongst other events, she understands that she cannot that easily talk with the maids because they are scared of talking to her, and because their house lady consider them as their property and don't want her around them. She's soon to understand all the inequalities and difficulties that these women are to face on an everyday basis, and, as she always wanted to become a writer, starts a novel based on the true stories of these women. I cannot go further into the story without revealing some crucial facts that will spoil you the pleasure of reading it. But I surely encourage you to read it! Don't be discouraged by the first few pages that are a little descriptive because once you get to the part where Skeeter meets the maids, you won't be able to stop reading!
And for those who don't like reading or who need a little encouragement with the movie trailer, here it is:
Have a great day, and keep your mind sharp!