Leroy then tries to kill Minny. Other actors were since cast, including Davis as Aibileen; Howard as Hilly Holbrook, Jackson's snooty town ringleader; Janney as Charlotte Phelan, Skeeter's mother; and Lowell as Stuart Whitworth, Skeeter's boyfriend and a senator's son. Aibileen teaches the little girl in her care to be self-confident and loving. Although the character rarely lets herself be expressive, when her true feelings come out it is with the power of a massive flood. The novel features three main narrators — Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. In December, Skeeter learns that Constantine, the maid who disappeared mysteriously from Skeeter's life, is dead. The film was written and directed by Stockett's childhood friend, Tate Taylor, who optioned film rights to the book before its publication.
Hilly's new maid, Yule Mae , explains to her employer that her twin sons have graduated high school and that she and her husband have been saving for years to send them to college. On the suggestion of Harper and Row editor , Skeeter starts a dangerous new project: interviewing the maids about what it is like to work as a black maid for a white family. She's terrified of what he'll do to her, a strange black woman in his bedroom. Charlotte regretted it and tried to get Constantine to come back, going so far as to send her son, Skeeter's brother, to Constantine's new home in Chicago, but by the time he got there, Constantine had died. She also, accidentally-on-purpose, prints a notice telling people to drop off their old toilets on Hilly's lawn. He was a spoiled rich kid jerk.
Hilly steals the list of Jim Crow laws out of Skeeter's bag and says she won't give them back until Skeeter, editor of the Junior League newspaper, prints a notice about Hilly's bathroom project in the newsletter. Aibileen, the first and only servant who Skeeter asks, initially refuses Skeeter's request. Stuart becomes a regular part of Skeeter's life, though he doesn't know about her secret writing project. In retaliation, Minny makes a chocolate pie into which she has baked her own feces, and takes it to Hilly in a fake act of contrition. This inspires Skeeter to try to convince the local maids to be interviewed for a book that will show their points of view. Following this and the assassination of , more maids come forward with their stories, believing the book would help put an end to the brutality against African-Americans. The servants get passed down within families from generation to generation, so the child that they raised ultimately becomes the boss.
On the surface, The Help looks like yet another civil rights story told from the perspective of an open-minded white character who acts as the catalyst for change. How could you find out more about this part of history? It sparks discussion, teaches a history lesson, and makes everyone think about how we treat others. He's glad Minny is here. Scenes set at the Jackson Journal office were shot in Clarksdale at the building which formerly housed the for 40 years until April 2010. After the bridge game at the Leefolts', Skeeter goes home to Longleaf, her family's cotton plantation. Some details about a pie seem to belong in a different kind of movie. The book is a surprise hit, generating a great deal of discussion between black and white women.
She has the eyes of a cobra. Johnny approaches Minny and reveals that he knew that she'd been working at his house, how appreciative he is about her friendship with Celia, how it saved her life, and that she has permanent job security. First she convinces Aibileen Clark to open her heart to her; then Minny Jackson is unfairly fired by the arrogant Hilly Holbrook, who is a leader in the racist high society, and Minny decides to tell her stories after finding a job with the outcast Celia Foote. Skeeter desperately misses Constantine, who according to Charlotte quit while Skeeter was away at college. Skeeter starts her book project because she wants to be published, but as she gets to know Aibileen and Minny, she realizes that her book is an important exercise in getting disenfranchised voices heard.
In December, Minny is discovered by Johnny Foote, her employer's husband. Skeeter confronts her mother Charlotte about Constantine's termination. She never wants to see him again. She worries that she will never be able to have children. While Hilly continues her histrionics, Mae Mobley innocently sits on a toilet and Elizabeth slaps her till she sobs. Did anyone get the feeling from the story that Skeeter's mom was going to die, but then she miraculously got better.
I wanted to know what else happened to each one. Skeeter splits the advance she receives evenly among all the maids, promising that more is on the way. Minny's experiences also include those with Celia Foote, a young uncultured woman new to the area who has never had servants, who is now married to Hilly's old boyfriend Johnny Foote, and who is shunned by Hilly and her social circle for supposedly cheating with Johnny while he and she were still dating. How accurate do you think it is? Selfishly, I wanted it to be all wrapped up like a nice present, but it's more satisfying to me when it leaves you hanging. The civil rights movement was complex and vast and included white heroes as well as black ones. Shortly afterward, Rachel took Constantine to Chicago, where she later died. I am glad Minnie left her husband and that Aibileen got the housekeeping column.
Aibileen cares for the Leefolt's daughter, Mae Mobley, whom Elizabeth neglects. But The Help is ultimately less about those demeaned black servants than it is about their white sympathizers, in a way that comes dangerously close to missing the point entirely. Now she knows why no one has hired her. Retrieved May 26, 2010 — via. Audiences may cheer at those confrontations, but the satisfactions they provide are shallow ones. Anger at Hilly over her treatment of Yule May, plus a little persuasion from Minny, convinces eleven more maids to tell their stories for Skeeter's book. Archived from on December 26, 2013.
In The Tree of Life, newcomer Jessica Chastain showed an almost primal energy, pulsing with life, in her nearly-wordless part as the mother. It isn't likely to appeal to young kids, but it's a historically relevant drama that mature tweens and teens can see with their parents. Minny convinces Skeeter and Aibileen that their best protection against Hilly, if their book comes out, is to include the pie story in Minny's section. She was, I think, the kind of girl he wished he could be with. Genoveva Islas-Hooker charmed guest judge Doc Hendley founder of with her story, A Heroine Named Confidential.