The Antebellum South Thrived In Chivalry, Manners, And

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The Antebellum South thrived in chivalry, manners, and proper social standing. The old slave plantation, sun-tea, and gentle exchanges on the street were not uncommon sights during this time. Old-money and the disturbing thought of new money stitched in the pillows that sat on couches for luncheons. Too often, the people living in this period were so engrossed in creating a fake identity of perfection; they ultimately lost sight of who they were inside. To unveil the evils of the practice, many authors such as William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor and Jean Toomer all spoke out against the dying South. They revealed the tragedy in the former way of thinking and the misfortune that follows those who never move forward from…show more content…
Since Caddy eventually grew up and left home, assumedly there is no longer a female figure to care for the “children.” Moreover, in the South, the death of a Mother would result in the finding of a new woman to be in charge of the children and the home (Haynes 122). The loss of Caddy’s innocence marked her “death” and therefore started the end of the Compson legacy. Without Caddy, Benjy’s ability to function diminished causing him to “sexually assault” a girl walking by him home whom he thought was his sister (Faulkner 35). Caddy’s push for the future, complete with having her daughter, is very progressive and diminishes the notion of a stable South. Caddy is a representation of right of moving forward, however, now that she left she cannot come back. Her mother and brother Jason banish her from the family (Faulkner 131). Slowly the Southern ways are dying, and as more and more individuals leave, are forbidden from re-entering. Upon leaving, many do not want to return causing a shrinking population. Faulkner used the Compson family as a metaphor for what he perceived to be currently happening in the South. Death is a common theme between Williams and Faulkner. Tennessee William’s A Street Car Named Desire portrays the story of someone who is forced to surrender the comfort of her former untruths and be cast out into a real of harsh truth. Unlike Mrs. Compson in William Faulkner’s novel, Blanche acknowledges that her ancestors

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