The Help (now the questions)

    I figured we could do three at a time.

    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
    deeply too.

    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.

    Your thoughts?