Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Help Review _ Term 2

It doesn’t matter if your black or white. We are all humans, and we shouldn’t let the colour of our skin define who we are. Alyssa L. stated, “Each word was purposeful and meaningful making it play like a movie inside my head.” I couldn’t agree more! A quote that thoroughly shows this is, “Protect yourself. Protect your children. Protect our help. From the Holbrooks, we say, you’re welcome!”(Pg. 184) Alyssa made a strong point saying, “The theme of how love and friendships can overlook the appearances of people and overcome racial challenges is evident,” Miss Skeeter represents this sentence because she doesn’t care what colour you are. However, Alyssa talked about how the author narrated the story from each of the three characters’ perspective, and it made the book confusing and difficult to follow. That is exactly what I was thinking throughout the book. Stockett didn’t point out a specific protagonist, so it couldn’t decide which character to focus on. One person can make a difference if you stand up for what you believe in.
            Kathryn Stockett developed a very unique writing style, which helped me connect with every character. She created all of the characters to be dynamic, so that is how the theme is developed. The first person writing really enhanced the book and it’s meaning. Being in the characters’ heads really helped me understand their struggles. For example, Stockett wrote, “I done raised seventeen kids in my lifetime. I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go to the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning.”(Pg. 1)  Since this was Aibileen’s perspective, she wrote with slang words, because she lived in Mississippi, and came from a black community, which meant she wasn’t very well educated. The Help did a great job with relating to how the 60’s really were. Blacks were segregated from the whites, so people thought it was bad if they were friends. Comparing the 60’s to now is very interesting because it is so different. One of my favorite parts was when Mrs. Hilly would tell everyone that black people had diseases! Crazy! Her character was so influential that everyone built an additional bathroom for his or her black workers. Overall, this book was funny and keeps you hooked. For all readers who want an adventure back in time, go pick it up!

1 comment:

  1. I really liked how you used quotes from the book and the other review, it really helped the reader to understand what you were talking about and enhanced the review. Your sentence structure and grammar was good making it easy to follow and understand. Very well done!