Emotional Abuse by White Middle Class People in The Help


  • Aya Riyadh Al-Rubaye Imam Jaafar Alsadiq University Department of English Language


Marginalization, Black Women, Human Rights, Emotional Abuse, Race


White women are more likely to mistreat black women. This concept is demonstrated by observing a real-life black lady who lives under the whites' cruel regime. To illustrate, the emphasis of attention throughout this research will be on how white people dehumanize and mistreat black people while observing their living circumstances in Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help. The history of black people is defined by their persistent pursuit of equal rights with all other ethnic groups. Thus, the data studied in this research pertains to The Help by Kathryn Stockett, as it presents several examples of how black people are emotionally tortured and excluded from white society. The Help tells the story of two black maids who devote their lives to serving their white masters. Both Aibileen and Minny represent the suffering of African-Americans who are discriminated against and regarded as lesser human beings. This paper also shows the general problem of being black living in a white society and being obliged to obey the rules of the whites. The obstacles that black people face are presented in Kathryn Stockett's novel through analysing the relationship between the two groups. Moreover, this essay shows the courage of black women trying to cross the lines and talk about their painful life experiences. The wake-up call that Stockett’s novel provided opened the path for all black people to demand their rights equally with white folks. The segregated life of the black people makes them fight as the two main black characters in the novel who raise their voices against white supremacy.