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Overall A

In the summer of 1962 Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) returns to Jackson, Mississippi after finishing her university degree. Here the aspiring writer bumps into a story idea: She takes a look at life in the white community from the perspective of the families' African-American maids (two of whom are played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer).

Violence B-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C
Substance Use C

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The Help

Who reigns in this social arena? Who is marginalized? What societal pressures do the characters experience? Why are these conventions so strong? Who, besides the maids, are lower in the pecking order?

How do rumors and lies hurt the reputation of others in this story? Why is it so difficult for people to prove their innocence?

How are wigs used to depict the two-faced nature of this society? Are there other objects that take on symbolic meanings in this story?

What is ironic about the women’s fundraiser for starving children in Africa? Is it sometimes easier to see problems in other parts of the world rather than in our own community?

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