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Cultural DIFFERENCE : change begins with a … novel

“THE HELP”

Kathryn Stockett

Penguin-Berkley editions (2009-2010-2011)

“THE HELP” is the moving story of a project imagined by a white woman and two black women during the 1960s, right in the heart of Mississippi where racial segregation culminates, while people like Martin Luther King still fight for the civil rights of black persons.

Even if this black-and-white racism is particularly inscribed in the American history, it is nonetheless true that the topic of racism and racial superiority has always been and is still relevant in any country of the world.

It is the first novel of Kathryn Stockett who was born and raised in Mississipi.  At the end of this best seller, the author talks about her own experience and her love for her own black maid. She emphasizes one quote of the story of which she is particularly fond, namely:

“Wasn’t that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.” 

When this sentence appears in the novel, it refers to two persons having the same color. The meaning ? We are all different beings, physically, socially, culturally, but the differences are never as insurmountable as they seem to be … A word!

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Philologue passionnée par la littérature et les effets positifs de celle-ci sur le moral. A l'écoute de vos problèmes, je vous propose de surmonter vos difficultés grâce à la lecture de romans. - www.lirepourguerir.com  /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Philologist with a passionate interest in literature and its positive effects on well-being, I recommand you the reading of novels to ease your pain and overcome difficulties of life. www.readtoheal.wordpress.com  //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////   Contactez-moi sur / Please contact me via deslivrespourguerir@gmail.com

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