The Help (the Book) A Brief

Book-Marketing When I saw its cover illustration, my initial reaction to The Help was that it was one of those inconsequential romance novels which I am admittedly not a fan of and which I typically avoid like the plague. The minute I lifted its cover and read through the first few lines, however, that was when I quickly realized how mistaken I was. Those masterful few sentences held me like very few books could, and I was able to perceive the time and place that The Help was centered on "" the hot, humid world of 1960s segregation-era Mississippi. Unless you"ve just arrived from some distant planet, I’m positive you’ve heard about this book sweeping the nation called The Help. This isn"t new, as it was released in the U.S. back in 2009 but seems to have only just been given the attention it richly deserves from the British public recently. For folks who prefer movies to books, you"re in luck as it"s now available to buy on DVD for as low as 99p. The film was actually a big hit two years ago topping box office records and earning 5 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. The story uses the points of view of three people whose fates begin to .e together to a crisis juncture in the story. There"s my favourite character Aibileen Clark, an African-American woman who loves children and serves the white Leefolt household. Aibileen"s voice takes you straight into the very heart of the Leefolt family life as she relates the things that she sees and her own feelings with such simplicity, clarity, and insight. Aibileen will have even the hardest heart softening as she explains about young Mae Mobley, the baby girl unloved by her own mother ostensibly for being too unattractive. Then we have Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan , the daughter of a prominent white family. Her family have hired black workers for decades and she has grown up accepting rules such as not dining at the same table with the help or not having friendly talks with black people as correct behavior. However, as an aspiring writer, she soon grows into her own woman and starts speaking out against the ludicrous rules, only to collide head-on with some shocking consequences. Finally, there’s the pugnacious Minny Jackson, Aibileen’s friend who got dismissed from nineteen different jobs for voicing her thoughts. It seems Minny was born with a demeanor many white people loathe but as we soon uncover she was merely asking about the injustice in their situation and being confrontational about it. As the trio .e together to face .mon enemies, a whole narrative unravels that makes you delve deeper into this world. You sense the fear of the black .munity as they are murdered for simple reasons like using the wrong bathroom and you swear with indignation as you realise that the ignorant idea of black people belonging to a different species altogether was actually not unusual among the whites. The story happened right at the time when Martin Luther King Jr. made a stand for civil rights in America. However, Mississippi was slow to implement racial equality back then and its inhabitants treated their help as if they were less than human. Laws were constructed that made sure blacks knew their place – they couldn"t use a lavatory indoors (for risk of infecting whites with their diseases), they couldn’t shop in the same stores, they were not allowed to express an opinion, and they were for the most part .pensated for less than the crummy minimum wage required by law at the time. We"ve heard these tales before, so why is The Help making such a splash in the year 2013? I think personally, it"s the way it’s crafted .bined with it being a reminder we all can do with, which is that every person deserves the same human rights that all of us possess. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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