My primary motivation in creating A Critical Review of the Help was in opposition to a number of scenes, character depictions and dialect (as well as dialogue) in Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help. By focusing on the novel, I also delve into Segregation.
In doing so, much of my criticism is reserved for those who were intent on continuing a system of oppression that existed for over one hundred years.
I felt I needed to write this blog post in part, because of the number of threads around the internet discussing The Help. I noticed quite a few posters wishing to talk about their grandparents or parents, and how they were “One of the good ones” even while practicing and benefiting from Segregation.
In my first post of the New Year, I thought it would be good to remind readers, myself included of something:
We can’t undo the past. If your parents loved you, and you loved your parents, then consider yourself blessed. What they did or didn’t do, could have done but chose not to do is between them and their God, because that’s who will be the ultimate judge of us all.
And so, in 2011 I’d like to explore how Segregation affected African Americans.
One post I’m currently working on is titled COLORSTRUCK, and it deals with African Americans who are able to “pass” for white, and the intra-racism they encounter. There are characters in the The Help that I will use for this post, namely Constantine and Connor, and Lulabelle. This post will also deal with other novels that include the “Tragic Mulatto” character.
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