"The Help" Essay

2473 WordsNov 7, 201110 Pages
Cedric Brewer A.P. Literature September 14, 2011 The Past Informs the Future The past is an excellent representation of what the future may hold. The past is here for but a brief second to teach us valuable life lessons that we should never forget. The past informs the future in many ways. It shows us that the things that happened in the past are likely to reoccur, maybe not in the same shape and form, but in the same manner. The past can also lead by example to help us learn from our past mistakes, so that we can alter our futures for the better. The past may also simply be a reminder of things that may come in the future. In any case, the past will inform the future, whether it is in a negative or positive way. Solomon proclaimed in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “There is nothing new under the sun,” meaning that everything that took place in past times will eventually come around either in the same form or in a different perspective. The Help is a novel based on the difficulties of the African American community, primarily the women, and the struggles they faced during the 1960s in Mississippi. During this decade, African American people faced the problem of social prejudice or racism. As children, the girls were predestined to be help to the white families when they were of age. Their duties were to tend to the needs of the babies and children, clean the house, launder the clothes, cook the food, and launder the dishes. In our world today, we still see companionship, but not on the level of sticking up for someone in their time of despair. People in general are friends with someone through the good, but when bad things happen, they flake off and leave the person to fend for themselves. In all honesty, would that truly be considered a friend then? No. The Bible clearly states in Proverbs 17:17 that a friend

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