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The Representation of Three Characters in The Help : - A Patronising Highlighting of Black People
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that The Help by Kathryn Stockett highlights black people in a patronising way. In order to analyse the novel a postcolonial perspective has been applied. The novel is an example of narratives of difference and the representation of the characters Miss Skeeter, Minny and Aibileen increases and enhances the differences between people. The coloured people are described as the other, whereas the whites are seen as the norm. Moreover, the essay includes a didactic part, which discusses how to teach a novel like The Help in a multicultural classroom. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
The Help, literature, didactics, narratives of difference, identity, representation, the multicultural classroom
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40613OAI: diva2:793201
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Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
Available from: 2015-05-12 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-05-12Bibliographically approved

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