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[maybe a bit informal? Maybe try Have you ever…] Ever imagined the music industry without Michael Jackson, basketball without Michael Jordan, or history without Martin Luther King? As for the white characters in the novel The Help , written by Kathryn Stockett, they would never be able to imagine a world without their African American maids. [catchy beginning!] The Help is quite different from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and The Scarlet Letter which included more austere scenes and determined characters. The setting of the plot for The Help is more recent since the year begins [actually the book begins, or the story begins] around August 1962, also known as the Jim Crow Era where everyone was “equal but separated.” As the three main characters take turns on narrating their side of the story, Miss Skeeter, a white lady, is going through a risky, jeopardous project with colored maids who are referred to as “ The Help .” Skeeter wants to write a novel about the different perspectives from The Help to reveal their true feelings and thoughts about working for white people. The focus of The Help is set on the society where colored men and women are portrayed as the outcasts of the “white” world. Throughout the entire novel, Stockett accentuates how the white people had a whole diverse standard of living that highly compared [maybe a little awkward? Do you mean it was a much better standard of living?] to the lifestyle of black maids. A major theme Stockett tries to emphasize is violence, and Stockett purposely does not show any abusing around [by? Of? Who is abusing?] the white people. Stockett proves that violence was nothing thrilling during the sixties when she includes a line that reads, “I don’t know, some nigger got shot” (Stockett 197). Since the KKK was highly active at that time, a colored person getting shot was not earth-shattering to the characters. Black men and women are
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course ECON 102 taught by Professor Rios during the Spring '11 term at Central Saint Martins.

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