Help From Miss Skeeter

In the film The Help, Emma Stone stars as Skeeter, a single white female aspiring to become a journalist living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Her hometown has not changed much since she has left and returned from college, with the exception that her girlfriends have all been married with children and are living domesticated lives like stepford wives; on the other hand, African-Americans are still treated as second-class citizens. In contrast to most women of her society, Skeeter does not play by the rules; she speaks her mind and is brave enough to interview the black women in secret. As she is recording, the camelias bloom and grow, representing stories which hold strength and beauty. The Help is a much-needed reminder of how narrow-minded society can be and that everyone deserves compassion, dignity, and equality.

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