The help cliffnotes
Aibileen brings in her best friend, Minny, a sassy maid who is repeatedly fired for speaking her mind, to tell her story, too. Buy the eBook.
Why does aibileen decide to help skeeter
Hilly and Skeeter grew up best friends, but they now have very different views on race and the future of integration in Mississippi. They meet clandestinely in the evenings at Aibileen's house to write the book together as the town's struggles with race heat up all around them. Hilly's husband has political ambitions, and Hilly sees her role as president of the Junior League as a platform for pushing her agenda to segregate the town even more. Skeeter gets part of the story from Aibileen and part from her mother. They've been lifelong friends, but their relationship had changed ever since Skeeter left for college. Baby Girl fears her mother's impatience and runs to Aibileen for comfort. Skeeter asks Minny if she ever wishes things could be different, which reveals to Minny that Skeeter might not be like all the rest of the white women. This is why Hilly is trying so hard to ruin Minny around town.
She also, accidentally-on-purpose, prints a notice telling people to drop off their old toilets on Hilly's lawn. Hilly Holbrook, in particular, is set on vengeance due to the details in the book. These chapters reveal the truth of what black maids think of their white employers, which is not much.
They meet clandestinely in the evenings at Aibileen's house to write the book together as the town's struggles with race heat up all around them.
Skeeter steals a pamphlet from the library that lists Jim Crow laws. Lacey then traveled to Costa Rica where she spent one year teaching elementary school English in a small mountain town.
After a tearful good-bye to Mae Mobley, Aibileen discovers she's about to start a new life, one in which she plans to spend writing about her life and the people she knows.
The help sparknotes chapter 1
Skeeter gets part of the story from Aibileen and part from her mother. The novel features three main narrators — Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. Aibileen and Minny also develop a friendship and understanding with Skeeter that neither believed possible. Skeeter never saw Constantine again. The sole goal of every woman is to get married, which is the only real reason to go to college, and you're a spinster if you haven't landed a man by Hilly, who leads the Junior League and bosses around the other white women in the town, reveals to Stuart, Skeeter's boyfriend, that she found a copy of the Jim Crow laws in Skeeter's purse, which further ostracizes Skeeter from their community. We learn that during her last days of caring for Hilly's mother, Miss Walter, Minny baked a chocolate pie laced with her own poo, and that Hilly ate two slices of the pie. Skeeter asks Minny if she ever wishes things could be different, which reveals to Minny that Skeeter might not be like all the rest of the white women. After a tearful good-bye to Mae Mobley, Aibileen discovers she's about to start a new life, one in which she plans to spend writing about her life and the people she knows. Racial tensions are rising, but the black maids still go to work sitting in the back of the bus. When the little girl grew up, she and Constantine were reunited. She moved to Chicago with Lulabelle and died three months later.
Two events bring Skeeter and Aibileen even closer: Skeeter is haunted by a copy of Jim Crow laws she found in the library, and she receives a letter from a publisher in New York interested in Skeeter's idea of writing the true stories of domestic servants. She's terrified of what he'll do to her, a strange black woman in his bedroom.
Mae Mobley is physically abused and neglected by her mother, Elizabeth. She is shunned by the high-society ladies throughout the novel.
Chapter 2 introduces Minny, Aibileen's best friend.
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