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Crazy In The South Essay

901 words - 4 pages

Writers often depict people from the South as less intelligent and crazier than those of other parts of the country. This is not just writers of short stories, plays, and novels, but the unique characters are also found in television shows, too. Take for example the 1960’s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. All of the characters from this show are depicted as less intelligent, ignorant, and eccentric. This is just one show, and the recent Duck Dynasty still shows that the rest of the country stereotype those of us from the South just the same as we were depicted fifty years ago. The same can be said about the work by writers such as Flannery O’Connor, Gail Godwin, Peter Taylor, and others. Southern writers emphasize the uniqueness of their characters, but the character’s intelligence, though usually just as great as others from different parts of the country, is often ignored by the writer who is enjoying the crazy antics of the character.
Even though Southerners are seen as ignorant, and unintelligent, we have some of the most memorable characters and stories to read and learn about. The stories we have read are meaningful and serve a purpose. They are something readers can relate to and not struggle to find a connection. In “A Rose for Emily” the author tells us about a girl who grows up to be very close with her father who is very protective of her and will not let her be with a man. Years pass and her father dies, Emily is alone. She is passed the age of finding a man and will live the rest of her life by herself. But Miss Emily refuses to accept that. Miss Emily finds her a suitable man, and instead of risking losing him, she kills him. Emily plans on keeping him dead or alive; she refuses to live her life alone. So as some people would call us Southerners “crazy” Miss Emily sure didn’t help our reason of saying that we are not.
In Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” she tells a story of two women in an argument over their mothers quilt. One daughter being the more down to earth and genuine, wanted to keep the quilt for warmth in the winter times, while the other wanted to have it just for show. Some people may think that it is “crazy” to fight over a quilt, but some people don’t know the story behind all the fabric. Keeping the quilt for looks wasn’t something that Dee could do; she needed it for the hard times when the cold came. While on the other hand her sister did...

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