The Differences in the Motivations for Learning of Scout from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Skeeter from Kathryn Stockett’s The Help

Scout from To Eliminate a Mockingbird and Skeeter from The Assistance both find out about the lives of individuals not in their own racial group, however they both have different inspirations for learning. In the film The Assistance, Skeeter finds out about the black neighborhood by speaking with black housemaids in Jackson for a book she is writing. Skeeter is driven to look for black maids to talk to for the function of hearing info about various perspectives, and to release their experiences for the world to read. Skeeter gave black house maids a possibility to share their experiences because the households the housemaids work for take them for granted, and do rule out their sensations and point of views. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout learns more about the lives of black people in her home town of Maycomb by communicating with them at their church. After learning that her household’s black cook Calpurnia taught her child to read, Scout says, “That Calpurnia led a modest double life never occurred to me. The idea that she had a separate presence outside our home was a novel one, to state nothing of her having command of two languages” (Lee 167). Scout is encouraged to come to the black church with her brother by Calpurnia, however she does not go with any intent besides to hang around with Calpurnia. The questions she that asks Calpurnia about the lives of people in the black community are asked due to the fact that of her naturally childish curiosity, not out of a sense of oppression like Skeeter does. Scout and Skeeter are both at first uninformed of the prejudices that black people in their towns suffer since of how society treats them, until they take time to listen to the viewpoint of somebody who is not white. While Skeeter has more impact on how blacks are viewed in Jackson by releasing their stories, Scout informing herself on the perspective of another group sets her apart from the oblivious individuals of Maycomb.

Aunt Alexandra from To Kill a Mockingbird and Hilly from The Assistance are both prejudiced, however while Hilly keeps her prejudices until the end, Auntie Alexandria ultimately lets her bias go. When Aunt Alexandra finds out that Tom Robinson has been shot dead, she says to Miss Maudie, describing Atticus and the trial, “I can’t say I approve of whatever he does, Maudie, however he’s my sibling, and I simply wish to know when this will ever end. It tears him to pieces” (Lee 316). Auntie Alexandra imitates the other members of the Finch household in the start, as she does not support Atticus protecting Tom Robinson, claiming that he has actually brought embarassment upon the Finches. While she initially comes across as an unsupportive, cold, and racist woman, her exterior breaks the moment when she discovers that the guy her bro failed to safeguard is now dead, and her surprise inner commitment towards Atticus shows. Hilly, on the other hand, is presented as strongly racist throughout the film, from starting to end. An example of Hilly still being prejudiced at the end is when she storms up to Skeeter, threatening to inform her mother that she wrote The Aid. Hilly rages that a white female like Skeeter would attempt to have compassion with the black community in Jackson, as she believes that black people are below white people. She shows her prejudices by never revealing any compassion towards black individuals in Jackson, and she goes out of her method to make life harder for her own housemaids whenever possible. Ironically, Hilly doesn’t mind running charity benefits for individuals in Africa, but can not even attempt to have compassion with the black people living in her own town. Hilly never reveals any change of mind, unlike Auntie Alexandria, who ultimately sees the toll the trial is taking on her bro and sympathizes with him and his cause.

Both Constantine and Calpurnia are similar due to the fact that they function as mother figures towards the children they help raise. An example of Calpurnia acting as a mom towards Scout is when Jem shouts that Scout should begin “being a girl and acting right”, Calpurnia conveniences a sobbing Scout by stating “I just can’t help it if Mister Jem’s growin’ up. He’s gon na wish to be off to himself a lot now, doin’ whatever young boys do, so you simply come right on in the cooking area when you feel lonesome. We’ll discover great deals of things to do in here” (Lee 154). Because Scout’s mom is dead, Calpurnia acts as the motherly figure in Scout’s life, even if she currently has a family of her own. Scout is the only female in a male-dominated family, and she also occurs to be the youngest. Calpurnia recognizes this, and she makes sure that she is constantly readily available to Hunt whenever Atticus and Jem are not. In The Aid, Constantine acts as a mom towards Skeeter, although Skeeter’s mom lives and well. In the movie, Skeeter has a childhood flashback to when Constantine comforted her when she was not asked to a dance, and how Constantine provided her with words of motivation. Despite the fact that Constantine is just a maid, she still feels responsibility towards Skeeter as a mother would. When she sees Skeeter in need, her motherly instincts immediately kick in, and she goes to Skeeter’s side, not meaning to leave until she is sure Skeeter is comforted. Both Calpurnia and Constantine are similar because while the children they supervise are not their own, they know that they can not bear to leave a child in distress.

Both Tom Robinson from To Kill a Mockingbird and Aibileen from The Assistance are comparable due to the fact that they are both blamed for things they did refrain from doing since of their race. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is incorrectly implicated and convicted of raping a white woman. When Jem grumbles to Atticus that it was not fair that Tom was condemned by the jury, Atticus replies “There’s something in our world that makes guys lose their heads- they could not be reasonable if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black guy’s, the white guy always wins. They’re awful, but those are the truths of life” (Lee 295). Atticus is a knowledgeable legal representative, and the proof he presents to the court makes it clear that Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell, as he would be physically not able to. Because of social codes in 1930s Alabama, however, the white jury can not be convinced that a black guy can be innocent, and Tom Robinson is provided a death sentence. In The Assistance, Sloping forces Elizabeth to fire Aibileen by wrongly declaring that Aibileen stole some flatware. Uneven knows that no evidence would be required to have a black person apprehended for theft, specifically when the declared victim is white. Even though Aibileen evades being reported to the authorities by threatening to reveal Hilly as the subject of “the dreadful awful”, she is still fired for something she did refrain from doing. Since of Hilly’s desire to take revenge on Aibileen contributing to The Help, Aibileen has to painfully leave Mae Mobley, the child she raised, to her neglectful mother. Both Aibileen and Tom suffer injustice from the racist society they reside in, and since of the paradigm in their communities, neither of them get a chance to clear their rightful names.