ELA (The Help) steps 1-6

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  • The Ordinary World
  • "I'll never be able to tell Mother I want to be a writer." (page 65)
  • The Call to Adventure
  • Refusal to the Call
  • "I already told you, I'm sorry, I can't help you with that book, Miss Skeeter." (page 127)
  • Skeeter is able to realize that she does not wish to just sit around home , but instead she wants to move to New York, and become a writer, which is the situation/dilemma she is trying to overcome. It also gives readers information about where she lives, her maid, her mothers personality, aka some of her background information.
  • Meeting with the Mentor/Helper
  • Skeeter knows that she wants to be a writer, but doesn't know what to write about, but after writing an application to a publishing company, a famous senior editor gives her the advice to, "Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else." (page 83) which causes Skeeter to face the beginning of change (such as talk to maids, instead of telling them what to do).
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • Skeeter thinks about turning back, and not writing the book, because Aibileen is the nicest maid she knows, and Skeeter is still unable to convince Aibileen to help with the book, so if Aibileen won't help make the book by doing an interview, Skeeter thought that no other maid would either.
  • Test and Enemies
  • "But...you ain't got any other maids to talk to, Miss Skeeter." (page 187)
  • While Skeeter talks on the phone with Elaine Stein, Elaine Stein agrees to reading over the first interview and telling Skeeter whether she should pursue the book, or whether it would be a waste of time to write, "I suppose I could read what you get. God knows, the book business could use some rattling." (page 125) so Elaine Stein was able to direct Skeeter along the right path, and be her mentor/guide as to how to right the book.
  • Skeeter has never been on the other side of the bridge before (the colored side of town), "Tonight, I'm going to Aibileen's for her first interview." (page 167) but to do the interviews, they must do them in secrecy that will rise no suspicion from any other white people. They must do them in Aibileen's home and not Skeeter's, because Aibileen lives alone and Skeeter lives with her parents, so by her going onto that side, she is entering a new region with unfamiliar rules and values.
  • Since Aibileen is the only maid that has agreed to help, this was one of the struggles that Skeeter had to face, in the region that is unknown to her, to finish the book. To overcome this complication in writing the book, it required her to convince the maids that they could trust her, and that she was not going to use their stories against them, but instead to show others that no matter the race, we are all just people.
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