Monday, October 31, 2011

The Help

I'm sure I was the last of you to read this. But lately Mr. Fechner has needed the computer all the time for school, so I had to read a good old fashioned paper book instead of a manuscript.

I loved The Help. I read it in just a few days.

Here are some discussion questions on the novel. Answer one of these if you want.

1. What do you think motivated Hilly? On one hand she is terribly cruel to Aibileen and her own help, as well as to Skeeter once she realizes that she can't control her. Yet she's a wonderful mother. Do you think that one can be a good mother and, at the same time, a deeply flawed person?

2. What were your thoughts on Minny's pie for Miss Hilly? Do you think a domestic worker would have ever gone this far to get back at their white employer?

3. What were your thoughts on the movie compared to the book. Do you think it was a good rendition?


Abby Fowers said...

Don't worry. I just barely read this too. Well, like a month ago. I had to read it before I saw the movie. I loved it though.
Hilly was terrible. I think it was possible for her to have good traits too. If she was completely awful she wouldn't have as much clout. But she relished being in charge. She needed that sort of satisfaction to control people... to be the leader. Some people are selfish and they just grow up that way.

Minnie's pie story is hilarious. I don't know if anyone would have done it. They definitely wouldn't have told their employer if they did. And... I wouldn't have blamed them if they did. Not during those times. hahaha.

I liked the movie. I did like some things in the book slightly better (I always do) but as far as the movie went it was still good. Most movies they make from books aren't done that well. It was still a good movie.

Katie Dodge said...

I don't think you can be a good mother if you are morally flawed. All of us are flawed in some ways and can still be good parents, but I think it's a different thing to be morally flawed. It's a parent's responsibility to teach their children morals. Does that make sense?
And I loved the book slightly more than the movie. But still loved the movie.

Jessica R. Patch said...

I haven't read or watched the movie yet. I'm so far behind! :)

i'm erin. said...

I loved loved loved this book. And I enjoyed the mother's character arc. You could see how much her actions affected her in the end!

E.R. King said...

I think the movie was just as good as the book. It caught the drama but showed the funny parts really well. I've read this book three times now and will probably read it again!

Rebecca H. Jamison said...

I still haven't read or watched it. My grandparents always had Afro-American "Help", and I've always felt bad about it. I'm scared it'll be way too emotional for me.

Jolene Perry said...

It's WAY high on my TBR pile.

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