The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

Theme

The theme of the novel "The Help" is how racial inequality is an issue for people.

"...A bill that requires every white home to have a separate bathroom for the colored help. I've even notified the sergon general of Mississippi to see if he'll endorse the idea." (Page 8)

This quote was stated by Hilly, one of the rich white folks in the story. She wants there to be a seperate bathroom in each house that is just for the help because they are colored. It supports the theme of racial inequality being a problem because they don't want to have to use the same bathroom as a colored person since they don't see them as equals.
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" I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty aint a color and disease aint the negro side of town. i want to stop this from coming in every white child's life when they start to think that colored folks aint as good as whites." (Page 101)

These words were said by Aibileen. She is one of the colored people looking after a white family's home. The parents neglect their daughter Mae Mobely (Baby Girl) and she looks after. She says this because she is working really hard to keep her from thinking colored folks aren't as good as white folks. It shows the theme because kids were born with this and they have to learn that racial inequality is not right.
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"You know colored folks aren't allowed in that library." (Page 144)

In the novel, colored folks were not permitted in the library. They had a separate one just for colored people. It was just one of the places mentioned in the novel where there were separate places meant for white people and different places for black people. They didn't see black people as equals to white people so they had to separate them. This quote shows the theme of the novel because of that.
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Fortunately, i don't see racial inequality in my life very often but there has been a situation with my cousin friend where her parents did not approve of one of her friends. They didn't like her hanging out with him because he was black. They did not take the time to get to know him because all they were worried about was the color of his skin. This situation goes along with the theme of racial inequality being a problem in the novel.

The symbol i used to go with this situation is a peace sign. It connects with the theme because racial inequality is a problem and everybody should be respected and treated the same way no matter the color of their skin. The peace sign represents everybody keeping peace.

Modern day Connections: School data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines

Who: Racial Minorities throughout the 97,00 public schools in America

What: These students are more likely to be suspended from school, to have less access to rigorous math and science classes and to be taught by lower paid teachers with less experience that white students are.

When: Data has been collected over the past 15 years to support this study

Where: Throughout the 97,000 public schools in America

Why: There is obvious inequality in schools. Students who are racial minorities might not be getting the same opportunities as white students in some schools.

How: Racial minorities are not being treated the same way as white students would be in some schools across America.

Racial inequality being an issue reflects in both this article and in the novel "The Help." This article helps me understand the theme better by showing me that it is still a problem going on today. It shows me that people still have to stuggle with this just like some of the people in the novel and it gives me a better understanding of the characters' problems.