Women In Southern Society

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Southern society is portrayed in this novel and shows the complexity of how women were required to act in public, especially around men. Single, young females wanted to get married as soon as possible. For example, Scarlett and her mother were both married at the age of sixteen, and plenty of other girls were engaged at younger ages. In order to get a beau, “young girls must be…sweet, gentle, beautiful and ornamental, but, after marriage, they were expected to manage households that numbered a hundred people or more…” (57). Women were forced to quickly transition from young and flirty to quiet and strict. When a husband died, the widow had to dye all of her clothes black, wear a veil, could not have on jewelry, and was not permitted to even
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