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  • In Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, there was still an extreme amount of racial discrimination against colored people. Three women gathered the courage to go against the strict social norms and wrote a book to try and improve the lives of black maids everywhere.
  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Yes Ma'am. 
  • Aibee! 
  • Mae Mobley, go to your room! And Aibileen, get back to work and make sure to use your own bathroom in the garage. 
  • Come on Minny, this book could start to change the views of society.
  • Rising Action 
  • Ya'll are giving me heart palpitations. 
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  • There's nothing we can do but wait now.
  • Climax
  • What will Hilly do? What if people start to realize it's about Jackson?
  • Falling Action
  • During this time, there was still harsh racism against colored people. Black maids were treated very poorly and with little respect; they weren't even allowed to use the same bathrooms as white people. Two black maids, Aibileen and Minny, hesitantly decide to help Skeeter, a white socialite who disagrees with the way black maids are treated, write a book to open the eyes of Jackson by showing black maids' point of view in an attempt to change the way they are treated and viewed.
  • I heard the book is about Jackson!
  • The women struggle to keep it hidden from the prying eyes of the society, for it is extremely dangerous; they risk ruining their lives and getting hurt. Hilly, the queen bee of the town and Skeeter's former friend, becomes suspicious of what Skeeter is doing when she finds a discrimination law book in her bag. Hilly is determined to find out what is going on, and intent on destroying Skeeter's life.
  • Resolution 
  • I got to baby. I am so sorry!
  • Aibileen, you're fired! Elizabeth can take care of her own kids.
  • After several long months of hard work on the book, it was finally finished. They sent it out to the publisher and it got published. All they could do now was wait and see how the people of their town reacted. They put some "insurance" in the book by publishing dirt on Hilly, ensuring she would tell the town it wasn't about Jackson. 
  • The book becomes increasingly popular, to the point where everyone in town is reading it. Some maids get fired for their stories in the book, but others grow closer to their employers. Hilly becomes infuriated when she reads the dirt on her, and runs around telling the town it isn't about Jackson. Hilly now knows the authors of the book are Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny, and is set on getting revenge. 
  • Hilly got Aibileen fired from her job as a maid and tried to get Minny fired too, but Minny and her employer had already grown too close, along with the fact that they both hated Hilly. Skeeter left for a job in New York. They all got new beginnings and made people start to rethink the way they treated their maids. Their book helped make small progress toward winning the fight for equality.
  • Please don't leave Aibee!
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