Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel, The Help, is told from the perspective of three very strong, yet completely different women: Eugenia (Skeeter), Aibileen and Minny. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, these women, without knowing it, change not only their own lives but the lives of those around them. Skeeter is a young white woman who had just graduated from college and wants nothing more than to be a writer. Aibileen is a colored maid for one of Skeeter’s friends, Mrs. Leefolt. Minny is Aibileen’s best friend who is also a colored maid, although her employment record is less consistent, due to her having trouble not saying what is on her mind.
Jackson seems to be immune to the beginning of the civil rights movement and there is little, if any, respect for the colored help of the white families. When Skeeter approaches Aibileen asking her if she wishes that things were different, Aibileen doesn’t know what to say so she just pretends she’s happy with the way things are. Happy with how she is treated by her employer, Mrs. Leefolt. Happy that thanks to Hilly Holbrook, she will now have to use a bathroom separate from the rest of the family in the garage. Happy with the fact that one day the little girl she is raising will Continue reading