The South’s history in adolescent texts is portrayed in similar ways. Throughout each novel and visual text, the stereotypes that were written about relate to one another. The history of the South has not been shaken, and the texts continue to feed into the beliefs of Southern stereotypes. Point being, these authors have not created new ideologies and stereotypes, they're just retelling them.
Civil war time period sets a lot of stereotypes for future novels to come. Violent sets the stereotype for women. She is the image of what a woman does. Violet helps whoever and acts as if she is a mother. She takes on the role of being the caretaker. A specific part was when she went into town in the late hours of the night to make sure that everything had gone well for the patients.
Mirk and Midnight Hour
Racism is the southern stereotype in this novel. Tom Robinson was being charged something he did not do. But since he is an African American the town does not believe him. The South has been “taught” these stereotypes from pervious generations. Since the Civil War was fought because the north and south did not agree on the fact of how African Americans were treated. Racism is also seen in the novel Out of Darkness; stereotypes are passed on.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Naomi is just a young girl taking care of her family. She moves in with her stepfather and is being portrayed as the mother figure. She falls in love with an African-American boy, which is basically forbidden. A stereotype is shown here. Races do not mix, the southern states believed that they should not mix. The reason that Naomi had to keep her love a secret was because she was Mexican. She deals with racism in her everyday life.
Out of Darkness
This series is your typical Texas town. All the town cares about is football. On Friday nights, you went the games. There was no other option even if you did not have a son on the football team, you were there. This is how Texas has been portrayed. The history of the “football Friday nights” has been around forever and since it continues the stereotype continues.
Friday Night Lights
A new girl comes to town. Since the movie takes place in a small town, everyone knows everyone. The family history has been there since the start. The new girl in town, Lena, was from a family ancestry that the town was scared of, she was not easily accepted. This is a typical stereotype of southern history. Since it is a small town, no one tends leave. The town just continues to carry on the ancestry as the years go on.
In this novel, it is similar to the racism/sexism stereotype. in texts before this novel was written these stereotypes have been very relevant. The fact that a boy had been beaten almost to death because he is gay is a historical view. In history people did not believe that people can be partners with someone of the same gender. This is only a belief because of what ancestors have believed. Cat is a strong female character as well. She is a leader and takes on the role of who is responsible for beating Patrick.
Ancestry is everything. What your family believes is what you believe. No matter how times have changed. You believe what has always been known. The plantations feud because of the history of their families. There may not even any reason to feud but there will be since the ancestors did not get along. Similar to Beautiful Creatures, since the ancestors have had bad history within the town, it will always be remembered. The stereotypes could not be shaken because of the history being passed down.
Willowdean is not your typical “southern girl.” This stereotype is similar to the visual text Beautiful Creatures. The girls are not the image. The stereotype of a southern girl is something that is known throughout history. In this novel, Willowdean describes herself as bigger and not your pageant girl. The image of pageants, being blonde, and skinny is what Willowdean believes a southern girl should be.
The stereotype of a young girl being the head of her family. Taking care of the family and every little thing that goes along with that. Marty’s mom is a single parent; and she tends to be carefree. Marty pays the bills and makes sure that her and her mom will be just fine. This happens to be a trend with the previous novels. In Out of Darkness, Naomi was just as strong and a leader for her family.
“I now concentrated on other chores—housework, sewing, and farmwork. It was labor that needed to be done, and I did it adequately. There were too few to do it now.” The Mirk and Midnight Hour page 33.
"On top of the meanness of Miranda’s words and of her friends’ laughter, there was the shame she felt at her heavy tongue and the embarrassment of the other students’ pity." Out of Darkness page 102.
"Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people, too.” To Kill a Mockingbird chapter 20.
"Does God love football? I think everyone loves football.” Friday Night Lights
“If there's one thing a Southerner knows, it's their family tree.” Beautiful Creatures
“Are you hungry? Ok, it says my scholarship was canceled. Last semester. Lancer cut fringes for university employees. What, fringe? My scholarship is not fringe, it's central to my life.” Hellcats
“Beef can be . . . mean sometimes. Like, he has this thing where he makes fun of homos, even though Patrick is one. You know?” Shine page 423
“You have to understand. Watson Island is all about history, and the Beauforts and Watsons had been friends since the Stone Age.” Compulsion page 53
“Football players are gods in the South. And cheerleaders aren’t too bad off either, but down here, the females who reign supreme are beauty queens” Dumplin’ page 40
Throughout this class we have read multiple novels and watched visual texts that all relate back to one topic, southern stereotypes. The timeline I created visually shows that from the book that takes place earliest (Mirk and Midnight Hour) to the modern text (Dumplin') written today, all stereotypes coincide. The novels have created a template that future texts followed. The southern stereotypes that have continued are racism, sexism, female’s household role, traditions, and family history. The novels continue to feed into the stereotypes, instead of changing the ways of history, they just retell them.