What are the views of marriage and love for people living in the aristocratic old South as they apply to "A Rose for Emily"?I'm doing a research paper, i need a lot of information about what people...

What are the views of marriage and love for people living in the aristocratic old South as they apply to "A Rose for Emily"?

I'm doing a research paper, i need a lot of information about what people think about love and marriage in the old south, based on emily grierson's period of time. So, the time period should be between 1861 - 1935, around this time. Unfortunately i'm not living near those region, i can't find what most people think about marriage. Addtionally, i am compaing that with another culture at the same period of time, what kind of elements should i include in my paper? Any ideas?

Many thanks for your help!

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The artistocratic ideals of the Old South were (and still are, to some extent), closely connected to those of England, and the ideals of marriage were no exception.  Arranged marriages were not uncommon; women of the upper class were expected to make a "good match", one that would be respectable for both families.  Once she was married, an aristocratic Southern woman would be in charge of running the household, including overseeing the household slaves, administering medical care as needed, and entertaining other plantation families in the area.  One unsavory aspect of plantation life in the Old South was the not-necessarily-rare occurrence of the plantation owner carrying on one or more affairs with slave women he owned.  This was termed "miscegenation," and it was a practice that led to the birth of many mulatto children in the Old South.  Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, was known to have conducted an affair with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings (although many believe that he was actually in love with her).

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