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The Help: Context
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The Help: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Help: Themes
The Help: Quotes
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The Help: Symbols
The Help: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Kathryn Stockett
Historical Context of The Help
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- Full Title: The Help
- When Written: 2004-2009
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 2009
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical fiction
- Setting: Jackson, Mississippi; 1962 through 1964
- Climax: The white community’s reaction to the publication of the book.
- Antagonist: Miss Hilly Holbrook
- Point of View: First-person from the perspectives of Aibileen, Minny, and Miss Skeeter, with the exception of chapter Twenty-Five which has a third-person omniscient point of view.
Extra Credit for The Help
Legal Trouble: Ablene Cooper, a maid who worked for Stockett's brother, sued Kathyrn Stockett, claiming she used her life story without her permission and based the character of Aibileen Clark on her likeness. Stockett denies the claim and says she only spoke to Cooper on a few occasions.
And the Oscar Goes to…: Made into the 2011 blockbuster hit, the film-adaptation of The Help was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Octavia Spenser, who played the character of Minny Jackson, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.