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The Help

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Justice and Judgment Quotes

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Quote #4

Constantine's the only woman I've ever had to look up to, to look her straight in the eye. (5.105)

Skeeter and Constantine are both very tall women, and this is important to Skeeter. But, she also seems to be referring to Constantine's straightforwardness and honesty, and Skeeter's feelings of pride and equality when in Constantine's presence. This influences Skeeter's ability to empathize with injustices faced by the black community.

Quote #5

No. I couldn't. That would be… crossing the line. (6.230)

Skeeter feels she's being judged harshly for bringing to light the stories of the help. She decides to be her own judge of what's right and what's wrong and act accordingly.

Quote #6

Truth

It feels cool, like water washing over my sticky-hot body. Cooling a heat that's been burning me up all my life. (10.77, 10.78)

Aibileen is seduced into Skeeter's plan by the sudden hope of truth, which can be an important part of justice. These lines suggest that she feels like she's been speaking and living a lie for all her life by not talking about the injustices she sees and experiences.

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