6 February 2012
Inspiration in The Help by Kathryn Stockett
It is undeniable that novels can do great sums more for a reader than just tell a story. They are also our teachers. The books we read teach us life lessons, send us messages, and show us what the true meaning of life is. The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett, is an example of such a creation. Stockett brings the reader to Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s where the main character, Skeeter, decides to compile a book composed of interviews conducted with black nannies. While many novels can convey a very deep message seamlessly, Skeeter’s character truly inspires me to never let a person stand in my way of doing what is right.
At the time in which this novel takes place, there was a lot of conformity in the southern United States. The rich white families of Jackson believed that they were superior to their black help, and Skeeter was the only person who stepped away from the norm in order to take a stand. Today, there is still a lot of conformity in our society, even in our very own high schools; however, Skeeter has inspired me to avoid being sucked into society’s grasp and to be my own person.
The main antagonist in the story is Miss Hilly. This woman was the head of Skeeter’s bridge club, and she believed that black people belonged below her because they simply were not as good as her. She made it very clear to Skeeter that any person who attempted to assist black people would suffer severe consequences, but Skeeter defied her in order to help get justice for the under-appreciated black help.
As shown, Skeeter was a woman who was not afraid to go out and fight for what she felt was right, despite the many obstacles that she had to face. For these reasons, as well as many others, Skeeter has inspired me to live a life in which I am not afraid to defy those with wrongful intentions in order to improve the world around me.