Identity Construction of Skeeter in the movie The Help (2011)

Evita Dwirasanti


In life, every person has an identity. To reach certain identities, a person needs to undergo several stages of identity construction. Throughout one’s life, whether or not the person realizes, the processes still keep on going. Starting from the moment a person is born, the person actually has already acquired certain identities. As the person grows up, many factors create several changes on his or her identity. This complex process keeps going simultaneously as the person gets older. This paper attempts to identify the identity construction of the main female character in the movie The Help.Using Erikson’s theory of identity development, this paper concludes that the main female character’s present identity is affected by her adolescent experiences. Adolescence appears to be the most significant stage that constructs her identity. This result is seen through her treatments toward black and white people and her relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend.


identity construction; identity development; adolescent experience; adolescence


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