The Help: Good Representation?

I was interested by someone’s comment about the book “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and its representation of African Americans in the 1960s. Though I have not yet read the novel, I have heard amazing things about it and it is on my summer reading list. After class today I looked up some information on the background of the novel. I found it interesting that the woman who was the author’s nanny who one of the characters is based on actually was the voice of the characters she inspired on the audio book. This woman obviously approves of the way she is represented. Does this change the view we should have of the representation Stockett gives? How do you think it would change people’s view of the novel if she didn’t approve of what Stockett said?


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