The Help – Counterculture


Hugh Fox Psychedelic

Objective: The student will discuss how attitudes towards racism and sexism changed during the sixties using the characters in The Help as examples.

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

1) What is racism?

2) What is sexism?

3) Does Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan change her views about race and gender roles?  How?  Why?

1Emma Stone as Eugenia Skeeter Phelan

4) Does Aibileen Clark change her views about race and gender roles?  How?  Why?

2Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark

5) Does Hilly Holbrook change her views about race and gender roles?  How?  Why?

3Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly Holbrook

6) Does Minny Jackson change her views about race and gender roles?  How?  Why?

4Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson

7) Does Celia Foote change her views about race and gender roles?  How?  Why?

 

Celia_Foote

White trash

8) The film takes place in 1963.  What happened in 1963 that affected the characters in the movie?

Top 10 Political Assassinations of the 20th Century  

 

9) What was the Counterculture of the 1960s in the US?

Beatniks, Hippies and Free Love – The Counterculture l THE COLD WAR  

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