The paper "The Help" is a delightful example of a movie review on visual arts and film studies. ‘ The Help’ is a movie that was directed by Tate Taylor and adapted ideas and themes from a novel called ‘ The Help’ that was written by Kathryn Stockett in 2011. The film is based on the lives of the maids of Jackson, Mississipi back in the 1960s. The movie showcases the lives of two groups of people-the maid and the princesses. The maids were from the African-American community while the princesses were from the White-American community. The African-Americans were employed by the whites as their maids (Stockett, 2011).
As maids, they had responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children while the employers went to work in big offices or shopping. The lifestyles of those two groups were completely different. The employers were rich; they lived in big houses, went shopping and afforded to take their children to good schools while the maids, on the other hand, lived in poor conditions. Despite their hard work, tender love and care that they showed their employers and their children, the maids still faced a lot of racism from their employers.
They were intimidated, insulted and treated as lesser beings. American society has changed over the years on the way it treats the African-Americans. Racism has reduced and equal chances in employment are offered equally and like in the past. The movie depicts what was happening back in the early 1960s in America. The African-Americans faced discrimination in employment, education and even housing. They were treated as a minority group and were neglected. The director of the movie compiles the story of the movie through the lives of two ladies Aibileen and Minny who are employed as maids in a white family’ s household.
They are the main characters in the movie (Stockett, 2011). Taylor uses themes like racism, discrimination, marginalization, and dehumanization to enhance those two characters. In today’ s world dynamic policies that enforce strong equality rights to all people exist and this, therefore, differs substantially to the 1960’ s America. People from different races are given the same opportunities at jobs, housing, and education. African-Americans have the same opportunities as their white counterparts.
They are allowed to vote and enjoy rights of freedom, expression among others that they never used to enjoy. Although racism still exists in some parts of America, the introduction of laws that discourage racism has helped in minimizing these cases. Many people in America still continue to have prejudices against other races and discrimination is evident in all aspects of life and to all races in America and not just African-Americans. Discrimination against “ people of color” ; Latin Americans, African Americas are acknowledged.
People who belong to the Muslim religion are also discriminated against. Towards the end of the movie after, the white journalist “ Sketter” was able to approach the maids and wrote a column about what they were going through and what they felt about how their employers treated them, the employers were able to see reason. They accepted to start treating their employees with more respect and less racism (Imbd. com, 2011). They started realizing the importance of their employees and they agreed to start working together. From the beginning to the ultimate end which ends with the unity of the two communities, this movie represents the true nature of American society. The movie shows how in the early days, the American society did not embrace diversity but in modern-day, diversity is being embraced fully.
Multicultural families are a true representation of this diversity. People are allowed to marry from whichever race they want without any racist opposition from the extended family. This diversity is very important in today’ s America and the world as a whole.
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Stockett, K, (2011), The Help, London: Penguin Books Limited