Q&A: How do people view marriage and love in the old south in the 19th century?

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Question by Zai: How do people view marriage and love in the old south in the 19th century?
How do people view marriage and love in the old south in the 19th century?
How do people view marriage and love in the old south back in the 19th century?

Around the time "a rose for emily" if anyone had read the book

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Answer by Subcomandante Insurgente Steve
Why not try reading other short stories by Faulkner? He's pretty much the undisputed master of literature in the American South.

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Uncha Majha Zoka' which is based on the subject of child marriage that existed during late 19th century.
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Comments (2)

  1. Gemi

    Most people still married for convenience back then. Some men had mail-order brides even. And inter-racial marriage was unheard of. But you did (I’m sure), get the occasional love birds who fell in love and la-de-dah. More often than not, though, people married for convenience (for financial security, for legitimate children who would work on the farm, for religious reasons, for women to keep their property (back then all property only belonged to men), for men to have someone cook their meals, do laundry, and keep up the house and chicken coop while they toiled away on the farm/ranch all day, for political advantages, to protect their reputation/name (women would be scorned if they did not marry by 20 years old usually), etc.

    Marrying for love was the “ideal” but it was a fairy tale back then. Women and blacks had no rights so laws excluded them, people were poor and required large families which could only be sanctioned by marriage, people were very religious back then, etc. So love wasn’t as important as survival back then. And marriage was considered for life. There weren’t divorces. The only way out of a marriage was to become a widow/widower.

  2. Gree Carol

    Yes, your right