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The Help

  1. 1. -23 year old graduate of Ole Miss, who isaspires to become a journalist-can be described as independent, brave, andambitious young woman-although friends with several wealthy Jacksonsocialites such as Hilly Holbrook and ElizabethLeefolt, Skeeter proves to be different basedon her social views-treats the Help like they‟re no different thenher and believes in a change for the future ofcoloured Americans, especially those womenwho work as Help to white Americans-not afraid to reveal the truth by writing “TheHelp” ; believes that the truth should come out
  2. 2. -is employed as the Help at first for HillyHolbrook, then is fired and hired by CeliaFoote-speaks her mind more freely than most ofthe characters and struggles to control hertendency of talking back and being sarcastic-isn‟t afraid of standing up to the whitewomen who hire her, such as The TerribleAwful with Miss Hilly, which ultimatelycauses her to lose her job-suffers through many hardships in thecourse of the book, such as being beat on byher husband-Aibileen, another maid/nanny, describes heras a great friend to have around
  3. 3. "All my life Id been told what to believe aboutpolitics, coloreds, being a girl. But withConstantines thumb pressed in my hand, I realizedI actually had a choice in what I could believe." “But then I realize, like a shell cracking open in my head, theres no difference between those government laws and Hilly building Aibileen a bathroom in the garage, except ten minutes worth of signatures in the state capitol.”
  4. 4. Celia: They don‟t hate me, they hate what they think Idid!Minny: “What? They hate you cause they think youwhite trash!” It‟s something about that word truth. I‟ve been trying to tell white women the truth about working for them since I was fourteen years old. Truth. It feels cool, like water washing over my sticky-hot body. Cooling a heat that‟s been burning me up all my life.
  5. 5. I was born by the river in a little tentOh and just like the river Ive been running ever sinceIts been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it willIts been too hard living but Im afraid to dieCause I dont know whats up there beyond the skyIts been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it willI go to the movie and I go downtownSomebody keep telling me dont hang aroundIts been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it willThen I go to my brotherAnd I say brother help me pleaseBut he winds up knocking meBack down on my kneesThere been times that I thought I couldnt last for longBut now I think Im able to carry onIts been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
  6. 6. Its gonna be a long long journeyIts gonna be an uphill climbIts gonna be a tough fightTheres gonna be some lonely nightsBut Im ready to carry onI‟m so glad the worst is over (cos it almost took me out)I can start living now ooh oohI feel like I can do anythingAnd finally Im not afraid to breathe[CHORUS]Anything you say to meAnd everything you doYou can‟t deny the truthCos I‟m the living proofSo many don‟t surviveThey just don‟t make it throughBut look at me oh hoI‟m the living proof - oh yes I am
  7. 7. Thinking bout how lifes been painfulTook a while to learn how to smileSo now I‟m gonna talk to my people oh ohAbout the storm [2x] wo oohSo glad the worst is overI can start flying now oh hoMy best days are right in front of meYet I‟m almost thereCos now I‟m free oh[CHORUS][BRIDGE]I know where I‟m goingCos I know where I‟ve been oh ohI kind of feel strong asI‟m gonna stay strong keep goingThat‟s the way that I‟ll win[CHORUS]Nothing „bout my life‟s been easyBut nothing‟s gonna keep me down noCos I know a lot more todayAnd I know yesterdaySo I‟m ready to carry on

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