Essay about The Southern M A Man Of The New South And The Old South

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Through time the meaning of the Southern Man has remained similar. The films and books that we have watched or read in class have a given a clear picture of what it is to be a man of the New South and the Old South. Literature and films such as Mandingo, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Color Purple, Gods Little Acre, Tomorrow, Jezebel and The Littlest Rebel will all help with the depiction of the southern man. Southern men are said to follow a southern code. A code in which includes; strong character, honor, respect, God, and among other things. If one was to ask if these characteristics and traits are stereotypical of the southern man, they would simply respond no. Men in the South enjoy and are proud the stereotypes often labeled on to them. A southern man can be classified into different levels or hierarchy, there are the Aristocrats/Plantation owners, the Gentleman, the Poor and then African Americans. At the top of the hierarch are the plantation owners because of the power they hold in their community and around the South. These men own large sums of property, including slaves. Plantation owners, usually, have investments totaling in the thousands. Often Plantation owners would be classified as men of the Old South. An example of a man who would fit the picture of the Old South would be George O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. O’Hara has the largest property and plantation in Tara. Warren Maxwell, in Mandingo, has ownership of a…

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