A Aibileen and Mae Mobley create will be strong

A mother is conditioned to teach her children things, whether
she wants to or not. A child’s purpose of growing is to absorb all they haven’t
before and stimulate new concepts. A book examining How Humans Learn new things relates, “the development of an accurate representation of
physical reality depends on the gradual coordination of schemes of looking,
listening, and touching”.  This conveys
how a mother can be the physical reality for a child, and be the figure they
see, hear, and touch to exemplify what living is. Some of the most important
life lessons are learned from the wisdom of a mother, but as well as the
literal teachings of child-like practices such as: riding a bike, reading a
book, or memorizing time tables. These teacher like skills of a mother are
conveyed through literature as well. In every hero’s journey story, a concept
formulated my Northrop Frye, there is a mentor who leads the child or protagonist
to a better world and new beginning. In many stories, the mentor of the hero is
their mother because of the trust and knowledge already shared between the two.
The mentor role is also considered a teacher for the young hero, so that they
leave the journey with having learned new things. This approach to literature
is shown through several of the mother-child relationships within the novel The Help. Many of the characters within
the novel are the maids of white mothers in Jackson. The setting of the novel
takes place when black maids were acquired for households and worked eight to ten
hours every day raising the children and cleaning the house. This length of
intimacy with the children, created opportunities for the maids to become very
attached and close to them. It also gave the maids the chances to perform the
role of a teacher for the children as well. An example of this is with the
character Aibileen and her “chillun”, as the maids call them, Mae Mobley
Leefolt. At the beginning of the novel Mae is described, “red-hot and hollering
with colic, fighting that bottle like it’s a rotten turnip”, symbolizing the
bottle as a mother-daughter connection and the lack of relationship Mae has
with her mother. So, it is predictable that the relationship Aibileen and Mae
Mobley create will be strong and allow further roles to be fulfilled for both
the characters. This meaning that since Aibileen doesn’t have her child anymore,
Mae will be hers, and due to the poor relationship Mae has with her mom,
Aibileen will act as hers. A greater development for both characters in the
future shows throughout the story as their relationship does becomes very
active and end with Mae Mobley calling Aibileen, “Mama”. Aibileen contributes
to the relationship by observing Mae’s lack of confidence and then strives to
teach her the truth. The phrase “You is strong, you is smart, you is important”
is a motto she teaches Mae to remind her, through everything, that she will become
something bigger than herself. At the end of their relationship, Aibileen is
fired from her maid job with Mae, but remarks, “I look deep into her rich brown
eyes and she look into mine. Law, she got old-soul eyes, like she done lived a
thousand years. And I swear I see, down inside, the women she gone grow up to
be. … She is proud. And she is remembering the words I put into her head.
Remembering as a full-grown woman”. Although not proven, Aibileen knows from
looking at Mae that the lesson she taught her has changed her life and will
affect how she lives the rest of her life as well. The teaching roles within
the novel differ from negative and positive throughout the disparate motherly
characters and shows a direct effect on the children. However, all the children
mentioned within the novel, at least have that mother figure for them to copy
as they are a growing youth. Whether it be a maid, adoptive parent, or
biological mother, all the children learn concepts directly from their own
figures.