Chapters 1-5 Discussion Questions for The Help Read Along
Hi, everyone! Thank you so much for participating in The Help Read Along. I am so excited to be reading this book now for the second time and for the chance to discuss it all with you (thank you, Stacie for letting me put this together!). We will be doing the discussions through comments on the blog posts to make it easy for everyone, so please make sure that you subscribe to be notified when there are new comments so that we can keep the conversation alive.
Just one thing I’d like to mention before we start talking about the book. Please be aware that some of the participants are just now reading the book for the very first time. Make sure that you are making comments on the appropriate chapter posts so that no one gets the book ruined for them.
There is no time limit for when discussion must stop on the chapters. If you end up a little bit behind, that is just fine. But please be sure to post comments on the various chapter posts so that we know you are in it to win an awesome prize! And, of course, try to keep up if you can.
Here are a few discussion questions for chapters 1 through 5 just to get us started. You can answer these, ask your own questions, or make any comments at all that are relevant for the first 5 chapters.
Stacie will post the next set of chapter questions at the beginning of next week (see the reading schedule post here).
1. Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter all take turns telling their own stories and helping the plot progress. How are each of these characters different, and how are they alike?
2. It can sometimes be tricky to narrate from several different characters’ perspectives. Do you feel that each of the three women telling The Help have unique and individual voices, or do you feel that it all sounds the same?
3. Though Aibileen and Minny are both maids and come from similar circumstances, what is the most striking difference between their narratives?
4. Skeeter is from a prominent white family, but she doesn’t quite fit in with people like Hilly. How is she different? Do you foresee this being a problem later on in the book?
5. Minny is terrified of the idea of Celia Foote’s husband finding out that she works in his home. Do you think she should be afraid? What kind of man do you think he is? And what do you think the red splotches are on the carpeting in the bedroom?