Who was your favorite character? Why?
I liked all of them. They all seem so authentic. I love
Minny's spunkiness even though it gets her into trouble. It
is such a hoot that one of her daughters is growing up to
be just like her.
What do you think motivated Hilly? On the one hand she is
terribly cruel to Aibileen and her own help, as well as to
Skeeter once she realizes that she can't control her. Yet
she's a wonderful mother. Do you think that one can be a
good mother but, at the same time, a deeply flawed person?
Hilly is so interesting. She apparently has some deep
insecurities to make her so mean and controlling to almost
everyone she has contact with. I think her being a good
mother shows us her soft side. And the fact that she was
rejected by Celia's husband has probably affected her
Like Hilly, Skeeter's mother is a prime example of someone
deeply flawed yet somewhat sympathetic. She seems to care
for Skeeter-- and she also seems to have very real feelings
for Constantine. Yet the ultimatum she gives to Constantine
is untenable; and most of her interaction with Skeeter is
critical. Do you think Skeeter's mother is a sympathetic or
unsympathetic character? Why?
As we discussed earlier I think she is the most confusing
for me. She seems determined like many mothers of the day
for Skeeter to get married and always dress and look
appropriately, and then decides Stuart doesn't appreciate
her enough. That part was very confusing and seemed so out
of character for her.