The Help Essay

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“The Help” Research Paper Life in the 1960s was very different from the time we live in now. There was segregation in every public place and even in the white’s homes if they had maids. In The Help’s portrayal of the black maids and white women of the 1960s, the white women were superior over the black maids. The white women hired the black maids to do their work, such as cooking, cleaning and taking care of their children. Most black women quit school to work so they could support their families. There were some black maids who felt that the discrimination was wrong and rebelled and wrote a book on the experiences in the white’s home. Even though the stakes were high knowing the consequences they still wrote the book. However, the white women had different types of expectations. The expectations brought upon the white women were not as much of their expectations but their mothers expectations of them. The mothers expected them to go to college and find a husband worthy of marrying and to have children with. Not many women went against their mother’s expectations but in rare cases, such as Miss Skeeter, some women decided to do what they wanted. There lies a distinct difference between the two races. The novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett, displays the differences between the roles of black and white women in the 1960s. The Black women in the home were told what to do by their white employers. They held jobs such as cooking, cleaning and taking care of the white children. They did not have control of their own lives, their white superiors gave them orders on what to do all day and they did not have much time to themselves to do what they wanted. In the article “The Mammy Caricature,” author David Pilgram writes “the mammy caricature implied that black woman were only fit to be domestic workers” (Pilgram) which describes what their household duties were and how

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