“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, ‘Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?’” – Kathryn Stockett, The Help
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Published on February 10, 2009, The Help became one of the best representations of maids in the 1960s. Since its publication date, eleven years ago, The Help has been published in 35 countries with three different languages. Selling more than three million copies, it spent “more than 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.” That’s how you know that it has made a difference in the book world.
After graduating from Ole Miss, Skeeter returns home with a degree. Although she has made an accomplishment in her life, it is not good enough for her mother, who would rather her have a ring on her finger. Skeeter normally goes to her maid Constantine to talk about the crazy lady, that is her mother, but Constantine is nowhere to be found. Aibileen, who is a maid for one of Skeeter’s friends, is raising her seventeenth white child when she undergoes the loss of her son. She loves taking care of the little girl, but her heart is more broken than she cares to admit. These two women, along with the help of Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, band together to write a book about their lives as maids.
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Struggling with crossing the lines of the times, this book has allowed many to gain a better understanding of how it was to live in the 1960s. The distinction between white and black women is very distinct, as no black person is on the same level as the white women they work for. All black maids are always self-conscious of what they do or say, in order to keep their jobs.
The Help was made into a movie adaption two years after the publication of the book, and it was just as good, if not more. I know that many of the fans, as well as myself, love the scene of Minny’s crap pie. I personally wanted to create a pie of almost the same caliber, but I know I don’t have the brawns to do such a thing. I love these characters and I hope that you love them just as much as I do.
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