A Look into the Past By Sasha R. & Virginia H.
Summary of The Help
Aibileen is a 53 year old maid who takes care of "white babies". She has taken care of 17 including her special "white baby" Mae Mobley Leefolt. Aibileen has had an unhappy life for about 2 years, this is because of the death of her son, Treelore. Ever since that day she has had a bitter "seed" planted in her, as she puts it, mostly towards white people, which is most of the reason her son had died, because his white coworkers had done nothing to help him after being injured. After this incident she isn't as kind, trusting, and welcoming towards others. She's a very timid person, but she too breaks free of that throughout the book. Truly, in my opinion, she is the character with the most development. After being let go from the Leefolt residence, she decides that it might not be too late for her to start over.
Skeeter Phelan is a girl who is incredibly tall, five foot eight to be exact, often wearing flats, for when wearing heels, she may tower over some men. She has very curly and frizzy blonde hair, her mother often complaining about it. The book describes her as ugly, from her mother and other people, so she ends up believing them because she doesn't quite look like other girls. She has a very strong opinion, never able to speak her mind, even though she tries, due to the fact women's opinions weren't as important as they are now. Slowly but surely she starts to speak her mind more and more until finally she becomes a sort of pariah to the town, many people shunning her. At the end of the book she finally makes her way to New York.
Minny is also a maid, she weighs 165 pounds, and is five foot zero. It is also said that she is very dark, almost 10 shades darker than Aibileen, as said by Skeeter. She's incredibly strong, yet incredibly vulnerable as well. She has a "smart mouth", which often gets her in trouble, in fact that's part of the reason she can't get any other jobs in town, having to be pushed to go and work for Miss Celia, due to the fact that none of the town girls talk to her. She is also incredibly short tempered, and stubborn in her ways. This is evident when she agrees to put her story in the book as well, then backing out when Skeeter asks, or says something she doesn't like. Finally returning and slowly beginning to like Skeeter.
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Literary Devices in The Help
The personification can be found when Minny has to clean a giant taxidermy bear, and she talks to it, saying 'Just you an me today.' and when she describes the fact that the bear stares at her like a snack. The allusions can be found throughout the book. Examples of these allusions can be found when Aibileen describes her fears for writing the book, saying how white men will come knock on her door holding wooden bats and match sticks, of course referring to the Ku Klux Klan. There are a few metaphors at well, an example would be when Skeeter is describing Constantine's singing voice.
"Minny don't burn fried chicken." - Minny
"Don't walk your white butt to New York, run it!" - Minny
"I'm sorry, were you dropped on your head as an infant? Or were you just born stupid?" -Skeeter
Miss Celia And Minny
This is the first day of Minny's new job. Miss Celia's behavior is not what Minny is used to.
Minny Delivering the Pie
This is by far the most iconic part in the book and movie. This is when she is taking her "special" pie to Miss Hilly.
This is towards the end of the book. Skeeter is talking to Aibileen and Minny before she leaves for New york.