Study Guide

The Help Characters

Aibileen Clark

Aibileen's heart is so big, we just might all fit inside it. If you're lucky, she might even...

Minny Jackson

Minny and Aibileen are the two primary women representing "the help" – the black women who...

Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan

Skeeter Phelan is a bundle of contradictions. She's a 23-year-old white woman with a cotton trust...

Hilly Holbrook

Hilly is the novel's most dastardly villain. She's married to William Holbrook and has two...

Elizabeth Leefolt

Like her best friend Hilly, Elizabeth falls squarely into the villain category, though we admit...

Mae Mobley Leefolt

Let's start off with a few facts on the girl. Mae Mobley is two years old when The Help opens....

Celia Rae Foote

Celia is an endearing character. Although it takes Minny a long time to realize it, Celia is like...

Johnny Foote

Johnny is a bright light in the novel. Yes, he's part of the society that oppresses people of...

Constantine Bates

Constantine is a beloved and tragic figure. Much of The Help is driven by Skeeter's need to find...

Lulabelle Bates

Lulabelle is Constantine's daughter and she's about Skeeter's age. While Lulabelle's father was...

Robert Brown

Robert Brown was friends with Aibileen's son Treelore. He and Aibileen help each other out from...

Louvenia Brown

Louvenia is Robert Brown's mother and one of the women whose story goes into Help. She works for...

Yule May Crookle

Yule May is a college-educated woman. She's also Hilly Holbrook's maid. When Yule May is short...

Miss Fredericks

Miss Fredericks is Elizabeth Leefolt's mother. We don't get to know her well, but it's clear...

Mister Golden

Mister Golden is the editor of the Jackson Journal. He gives Skeeter her first job, as writer of...

Leroy Jackson

Leroy is Minny's husband. He physically abuses her on a regular basis, and tries to kill her at...

Reverend Johnson

Reverend Johnson is the Reverend at Aibileen and Minny's church. He plays a big role in...

Charlotte Phelan

Charlotte is Skeeter's mother and another ambiguous character. Like Skeeter, Charlotte actually...

Carlton Phelan

Skeeter's father believes in racial equality and is not afraid to tell it to the likes of Senator...

Elaine Stein

Elaine Stein is the literary agent who publishes The Help and who connects Skeeter with a job in...

Treelore

Treelore is Aibileen's son who died a little over two years before the novel opens. He was only...

Miss Walter(s)

Miss Walter or Miss Walters (depending on who's talking about her) is Hilly's mother. She's an...

Stuart Whitworth, Jr.

Stuart is Skeeter's love interest. He's not a terrible guy, just a spineless one. His father's...