After reading, “The Help, ” I found that it highlighted some misconceptions I had about the Civil Rights era. For instance, I did not fully realize the diversity of people’s feelings/attitudes toward the movement. I was fascinated to read about each character’s unique reactions to the events going on around them. Did any parts of this novel, challenge your understanding of this era?
I’ve always assumed that more people in the south at that time were more like Hilly than Skeeter or Celia regarding their attitudes toward black people. I was surprised that Senator Whitworth alluded to the governor being wrong about his beliefs. I recently read somewhere that Viola Davis regretted her role in the movie because it inaccurately portrays the prevalence of loving relationships between white ladies and their black maids.
I was the same way…that just middle class families would have a maid. I have a friend from Mississippi and her family had a maid in the 50s. She is a totally sensitive person and regrets that it was “comfortable” to have a maid.