Unveiling the Profound Themes of “The Help”: A Gripping Tale of Racial Injustice, Gender Bias, and Class Struggles in Jackson, Mississippi

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The movie

“The Help”

recounts the story of an upcoming journalist. It focuses on her rebellious nature and her interactions with her black maids, collaborating with them to tell their stories about their struggles in Jackson, Mississippi, during the civil rights movement.

Racial Injustice: This delves into the heart of the issue with the segregation of people of color and their station not amounting to anything, no matter how hard they worked and how intelligent they could be. Their role in Jackson, Mississippi, at that time, was to tend to the needs of the white folks and cater to them, regardless of their own dreams and aspirations. This young journalist found it odd and outdated, even with the way the townspeople had formed a caste system.

Gender Bias: It was not considered appropriate for women to have ambition and aspirations at that point in time in American life. The expectations for women at that point were generally to be housekeepers and tend to their husbands, but she wanted more than that. It brought tension between her and her mother, and she had to prove through her journal and writing that women could be much more than what was expected of them.

Classism: There was a distinct class of individuals in the town controlled by a system or caste. No matter how well you were in the town, if you were not among the higher class, you were treated like an outcast. Some of the women in the town went to great lengths to remain relevant and maintain their status within the town’s class system, even at the detriment of their finances and well-being.

#Clique, which other theme resonated with you?

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