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Southern Authors and a Second Family

Southern authors stress the importance of family not so much by giving us "model" families but giving us dysfunctional families. They show us what healthy family relationships are not rather than what they are. Yet, in a strange twist, they often have their characters find others to bond with, not through kinship, but through understanding and love. A second family unit develops, either as a replacement of or as an important addition to the primary family.

In Carson McCullers', The Member of the Wedding, Berenice the cook, Frankie the twelve-year-old girl, and John Henry, Frankie's six-year-old cousin, live through hot June days, playing cards in the kitchen while Frankie expounds on her fears, hopes, and dreams. Berenice, a black woman, provides the two white children with straight talk, understanding, and love. As with other Southern authors, McCullers' story crosses what was, at the time, a difficult racial divide.

This use of a second family unit can be seen in Meet Me on the Paisley Roof. The three teenage boys, Trussell, Ronnie, and Cassidy, for years have launched their nocturnal adventures as an antidote to the bleak daytime reality of their lives. When the group is faced with a possible breakup and end of these adventures, Trussell tries to explain that a physical separation won't affect their friendship. What does he say? It's there!

Southern authors, stress the importance of a second family unit. Southern authors suggest we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers. Arguably, one assert that they point to a spiritual realization that we are all family.

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