Kmeyerhoff Blog Post 2

Emma Stone in The Help is a great example of a tragic hero.  In this film, Emma attempts to go against the norm by working as a female as well as disagreeing with the way of life that exists in her home town.  Emma believes that the people working for the upper class (white people) are being mistreated and deserve to have their stories told.  Emma works in private with many of the workers in order to create a tell-all book.  While she does change names to ensure privacy of the characters, she still manages to get into trouble.  The book that she creates ends up becoming a best seller and really helps to create a better life for those telling their stories.

I think that Emma can be classified as a tragic hero because she can fit into all four criterions.  She is superior to the average man because she sees something wrong with mistreating people based on their skin color and wants to change it.  She evokes pity because often times she is turned down by people and she evokes fear because the employers are scared of what she will reveal about them.  I think that her tragic flaw in this movie is that she puts people in front of her own well-being.  She suffers at the hand of ironies because she puts herself on the line to create this book in order to better other people and the book ends up ruining friendships she had with people.  It’s ironic because the book was meant to better things, but on some level made things worse for her.

Emma is like Antigone and Oedipus.  She is similar to Antigone because she wanted to stand up for what she believed in even though she knew it would be breaking the law.  Emma is also like Oedipus because they both wanted to help the community even at expense of their own lives.

 

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  1. Posted January 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Love this story! I would agree with you that Emma is absolutely a hero. Throughout the story I did pity her as I wanted her journey to be as easy as possible so her book could be written and published. In the journey she made many personal sacrifices all for the greater good, just as a true hero would. I like the connection between Emma and Antigone and I think it is a great mark of being a hero when you are willing to sacrifice so much for the sake of others! Good post!!

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  2. Posted January 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I agree with jharris in that I too agree she is a hero. I wouldn’t have initially thought of her, but it was really clever that you did. I also believe that you made a great connection to Oedipus in that they both were willing to sacrifice their lives for the success of their communities.

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  3. Posted January 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a great example of a hero. Emma Stone definitely played an amazing part in this movie which turned out to be one of my favorites. She did put her personal sacrifices out for the greater good making her an excellent hero.

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