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Louise Østenkær Hansen

Studienummer: 20081699


Introduction 2

Problem formulation 4

Methodology 4

Historical Frame 6

Introduction to chapter 6

Civil War 1861-1865 7

The 1870-1915 8

Segregation 9

Lynching 9

The World Wars and the Great Depression 10

WWI 10

The Great Depression, New Deal and WWII 11

Civil Rights Revolution 12

Beginning 12

The Islamic Expansion 13

The 1960-1965 14

1965- 1980 15

The Post Civil Rights and Post Black Power Era – the election of President Obama in 2012 16

Theory 17

Race 18

The creation of the concept race 19

The interpretation and use of the concept race 21

Race in America 22

Racism 23

Internalised racism 25

African American Stereotypes 27

Meritocracy and the American Dream– Theory and Myth 28

Rhetoric 31

The Neo- Aristotelian Scheme 32

Rhetoric in popular culture 33

The seven critical rhetoric groups 34

Taboo 38

Analysis 39

Introduction to chapter 39

Characterization of Aibileen 41

Characterization of Minny 42

Aibileen’s and Minny’s views of the white women in Jackson 45

Aibileen’s and Minny’s description of themselves 46

The language and its rhetoric influence 48

Standpoint theory and its importance in The Help 53

The pursuit of happiness 55

The book “Help” and its importance for the narrative and the pursuit of happiness 57

Conclusion to chapter 59

Discussion 60

Introduction to chapter 60

Stockett’s background 61

Stockett’s perspective 62

The consequences of Stockett’s perspective 64

The reception of the Help 65

This opinion as shared by others. In the article Kathryn Stockett Is Not My Sister and I Am Not Her Help in the Feminist Wire, Professor of American Studies at Macalester College, Duchess Harris, accuses The Help of being borderline ridiculous. Harris is of the opinion that Stockett has used her own imagination to depict the black characters, rather than written non-fictional memoirs or interviews with black maids from the 1960’s. Harris accuses Stockett of being ignorant of the real lives of black women in Jackson in the 1960’s, and that The Help is truly about the feminist, relatable white woman, Skeeter. Harris points out, that the reader is supposed to empathise with Skeeter (e.g. over the loss of her maid), despite the fact that she has endured no hardship and is no true civil rights activist, but more a typical white woman, leaving her black helpers behind as soon as she has gotten what she needed from them to enhance her own carrier. 66

And the result is that The Help isn’t for Black women at all, and quickly devolves into just another novel by and for white women. (Duchess, 2011) 66

The Help’s resemblance to other popular fictional novels about race in USA 66

Conclusion to chapter 69

Conclusion 70

Literature List 72

Books 72

Articles (Including WebArticles) 73

WebPages and Search Engines 73

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