Everyone of us is similar to one of the characters in a certain degree. Are you a Mae Mobley? Someone who didn't recieve a lot of nurturing in your past? Do you hunger for just a small morsel of attention? Do you desire love and care from someone unable to give it?
Oh my, next is Minny Jackson... the mouth of the south. Minny is like a corked bottle that has been shaken and is ready to explode. When that cork pops she says whatever has crossed her mind without thinking of the consequenses. She is abused by her husband, overwhelmed with being a working mom and having to come home tired and take care of her home. She is harsh to her kids, probably trying so hard to live under the abuse and fear of her husband that she can't let down the walls she's built.around herself. But, the girl can cook, oh can she cook! And she knows how to clean and is good at that part of her job.
Aibileen. Although she has suffered much she doesn't close herself off to seeing the need to nurture the children she cares for. She tries to instill a sense of worth in them. She doesn't react to unjustices, but contemplates the consequenses and meaures how to react, usually stuffing her pain so that she doesn't lose her job or as a way to protect little Mae Mobley. Aibileen risks much to let her voice be heard, but in reality she has lost so much and has just tried to keep going that she probably felt she didn't really have that much more she could lose. I just can't imagine standing quiet, but strong, when someone is demeaning you to your face. Such character!
Hilly Holbrook... strong willed, determined, spiteful, domineering. She thinks her ideas are the best, and will move mountains to get what she wants. People are afraid to be on her wrong side because she will turn her focus on you and work to make your life miserable if you go against her. She has a lot of power and uses it to control people and situations.
And then there is Skeeter, part of the "in" group. Skeeter comes home from college with a dream to be a writer. Her eyes are opened to how the maids are treated and she misses her maid that raised her and loved her. She grows a strength to stand up against Hilly's strong personality, to make her own life despite what her mother desires for her. She doesn't need the affirmation of a man to feel important. Skeeter is a quiet strength and gives the maids a voice.
So, which character are you most like? Are you insecure, unable to control your mouth, wanting to control everything and everyone, a quiet strength trying to care for others, or a little girl that just desires someone to love and care for her. God knows everything you have felt. He weeps for you. He loves you. He thinks you are special and loves you very much. He's whispering: You are kind, You are Smart, You are important! ... and that's no two slice Hilly chocolate pie!