To Kill A Mockingbird Vs The Help

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Singh 4Kanwar SinghEnglish 1Mrs. Daniels10 January 2012Thematic TopicsThe saying "never judge a book by its cover" is actually true. In reality books can have completely different titles, yet they can both share the same theme, or even multiple themes. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help are two books which demonstrate this idea that books which may sound or seem completely different, may actually share the same theme. These two novels have many similarities, in not only the topics they discuss, but also the messages they send out to the reader. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help both take place during the nineteen hundreds when segregation played a huge role in society. Although there are a ...view middle of the document...

I got it caught in a cotton gin when I was twelve years old. All my muscles were tore loose" (Lee Chapter 19) which only proves it could not have been him at all. This situation proves that no one would even listen to a colored person when they were telling the truth. While racism is expressed in a noxious manner in To Kill a Mockingbird it is portrayed in an innocuous manner The Help. In this novel, almost all of the colored people are female maids working for white families. They are treated almost as normal people but they are still inferior to white people. The main difference between these books is that in The Help, the town is not nearly as biased as in To Kill a Mockingbird, and the white families care much more about their maids, rather than leaving them on their own to live. Since The Help takes place in the nineteen-sixties, some white people are actually becoming more in support of African American rights, for example, Skeeter is trying to help them out. Instead of having no hope at all, like Tom Robinson, the colored people in The Help have a lot of hope since Skeeter is trying to help them get more freedom in Jackson, Mississippi.In addition to racism and discrimination, perspective also plays an important part in these novels. The way every individual character sees things, influences them to react in a different way than someone else. For example in To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, a young innocent 8 year old, sees things in a much different way than Atticus, her father and a lawyer. On one hand, she does not completely understand the concept of discrimination, while Atticus does. So when she hears that the final verdict is that Tom is guilty, she is a little shocked, because in her mind she sees this as injustice. However, Atticus is not very surprised or shocked like her at all, because he knew this would happen the whole time. In The Help, perspective affects the choices made by all the characters. Hilly and Skeeter saw almost everything from two completely different points of view, especially their views on the maids. Hilly kept trying to abuse and punish them, but in return, the maids ended up getting revenge on her through the pie that she (fortunately) ate. On the other hand, Skeeter tried to help out the maids by publishing their stories on her book so that their voices could be heard across the nation, and in return they ended up helping her get a job in New York. Getting the maids to Skeeter their...

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