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  • 1. Southern Honor Dr. Bruce Clary Friday, January 11, 2013
  • 2. tz2 ft tr I 1243u t{-. Ctvlt-Wnn {ton** I ,rttt i 2^ b, Southern Honorquotesfrom Bertram Wyatt-Brown.SouthernHonor; Ethics and Behavior in the Otd South.Oxford uP"1983. At the heart of honor,then, lies the evaluationof the public....Honor hasthree basiccomponents, none of which may exist wholly independent the other.Honor is first the inner ofconvictionof self-worth.. .. The secondaspect honor is the claim of that self-assessment ofbeforethe public.... The third elementis the assessment the claim by the public, a judgment ofbasedupon the behaviorof the claimant.In otherwords, honor is reputatiott. Hono, residesin theindividual as his understanding who he is and wherehe belongsin the orderedranks of ofsociety.(When societyhaspretensions that thereare no ranks,honor must necessarily set beasideor drasticallyredefinedto mean somethingelse.)It is, at leastin traditionalterms,bothinternalto the claimant,so that it motivateshim toward behaviorsocially approved, and externalto him, because only the response observers he ordinarily understand of can himself. The internaland externalaspects honor are inalienablyconnected of because honor servesas ethical mediatorbetween individual and the community by which he is assessed in which he also must the andlocatehimself in relation to others.141 51 Honor is thereforeself-regarding character. in Onesneighborsserveas mirrors thatreturn the image of oneself.This submission public evaluationpreventedoutrageous tohaughtiness encouraged and affability, for if one usedthe self as mirror as Narcissusdid, thenself-lovewould becomedestructive. is, for instance, themethat JaneAustenoften explored It the
  • 3. tz2 ft tr I 1243u t{-. Ctvlt-Wnn {ton** I ,rttt i 2^ b, Southern Honor quotesfrom Bertram Wyatt-Brown.SouthernHonor; Ethics and Behavior in the Otd South.Oxford uP"1983. At the heart of honor,then, lies the evaluationof the public....Honor hasthree basic components, none of which may exist wholly independent the other.Honor is first the inner of1 convictionof self-worth.. .. The secondaspect honor is the claim of that self-assessment of beforethe public.... The third elementis the assessment the claim by the public, a judgment of basedupon the behaviorof the claimant.In otherwords, honor is reputatiott. Hono, residesin the individual as his understanding who he is and wherehe belongsin the orderedranks of of society.(When societyhaspretensions that thereare no ranks,honor must necessarily set be asideor drasticallyredefinedto mean somethingelse.)It is, at leastin traditionalterms,both internalto the claimant,so that it motivateshim toward behaviorsocially approved, and external to him, because only the response observers he ordinarily understand of can himself. The internal and externalaspects honor are inalienablyconnected of because honor servesas ethical mediator between individual and the community by which he is assessed in which he also must the and locatehimself in relation to others.141 51 Honor is thereforeself-regarding character. in Onesneighborsserveas mirrors that return the image of oneself.This submission public evaluationpreventedoutrageous to haughtiness encouraged and affability, for if one usedthe self as mirror as Narcissusdid, then self-lovewould becomedestructive. is, for instance, themethat JaneAustenoften explored It the
  • 4. tz2 ft tr I 1243u t{-. Ctvlt-Wnn {ton** I ,rttt i 2^ b, Southern Honor quotesfrom Bertram Wyatt-Brown.SouthernHonor; Ethics and Behavior in the Otd South.Oxford uP"1983. At the heart of honor,then, lies the evaluationof the public....Honor hasthree basic components, none of which may exist wholly independent the other.Honor is first the inner of1 2 convictionof self-worth.. .. The secondaspect honor is the claim of that self-assessment of beforethe public.... The third elementis the assessment the claim by the public, a judgment of basedupon the behaviorof the claimant.In otherwords, honor is reputatiott. Hono, residesin the individual as his understanding who he is and wherehe belongsin the orderedranks of of society.(When societyhaspretensions that thereare no ranks,honor must necessarily set be asideor drasticallyredefinedto mean somethingelse.)It is, at leastin traditionalterms,both internalto the claimant,so that it motivateshim toward behaviorsocially approved, and external to him, because only the response observers he ordinarily understand of can himself. The internal and externalaspects honor are inalienablyconnected of because honor servesas ethical mediator between individual and the community by which he is assessed in which he also must the and locatehimself in relation to others.141 51 Honor is thereforeself-regarding character. in Onesneighborsserveas mirrors that return the image of oneself.This submission public evaluationpreventedoutrageous to haughtiness encouraged and affability, for if one usedthe self as mirror as Narcissusdid, then self-lovewould becomedestructive. is, for instance, themethat JaneAustenoften explored It the
  • 5. tz2 ft tr I 1243u t{-. Ctvlt-Wnn {ton** I ,rttt i 2^ b, Southern Honor quotesfrom Bertram Wyatt-Brown.SouthernHonor; Ethics and Behavior in the Otd South.Oxford uP"1983. At the heart of honor,then, lies the evaluationof the public....Honor hasthree basic components, none of which may exist wholly independent the other.Honor is first the inner of1 2 convictionof self-worth.. .. The secondaspect honor is the claim of that self-assessment of 3 beforethe public.... The third elementis the assessment the claim by the public, a judgment of basedupon the behaviorof the claimant.In otherwords, honor is reputatiott. Hono, residesin the individual as his understanding who he is and wherehe belongsin the orderedranks of of society.(When societyhaspretensions that thereare no ranks,honor must necessarily set be asideor drasticallyredefinedto mean somethingelse.)It is, at leastin traditionalterms,both internalto the claimant,so that it motivateshim toward behaviorsocially approved, and external to him, because only the response observers he ordinarily understand of can himself. The internal and externalaspects honor are inalienablyconnected of because honor servesas ethical mediator between individual and the community by which he is assessed in which he also must the and locatehimself in relation to others.141 51 Honor is thereforeself-regarding character. in Onesneighborsserveas mirrors that return the image of oneself.This submission public evaluationpreventedoutrageous to haughtiness encouraged and affability, for if one usedthe self as mirror as Narcissusdid, then self-lovewould becomedestructive. is, for instance, themethat JaneAustenoften explored It the
  • 6. basedupon the behaviorof the claimant.In otherwords, honor is reputatiott. Hono, residesin theindividual as his understanding who he is and wherehe belongsin the orderedranks of ofsociety.(When societyhaspretensions that thereare no ranks,honor must necessarily set beasideor drasticallyredefinedto mean somethingelse.)It is, at leastin traditionalterms,bothinternalto the claimant,so that it motivateshim toward behaviorsocially approved, and externalto him, because only the response observers he ordinarily understand of can himself. The internaland externalaspects honor are inalienablyconnected of because honor servesas ethical mediatorbetween individual and the community by which he is assessed in which he also must the andlocatehimself in relation to others.141 51 Honor is thereforeself-regarding character. in Onesneighborsserveas mirrors thatreturn the image of oneself.This submission public evaluationpreventedoutrageous tohaughtiness encouraged and affability, for if one usedthe self as mirror as Narcissusdid, thenself-lovewould becomedestructive. is, for instance, themethat JaneAustenoften explored It thein her novels:the incompleteness character of divorcedfrom social convention.... internal theman and the externalrealitiesof his existence united in sucha way that he knows no other aregood or evil exceptthat which the collectivegroup designates. reflectssocietyas society Hereflectshim. (1a-15)Honor in the antebellumNorth becameakin to respectability, word that includedfreedomfrom alicit vices that once were signalsof masculinity.... The Rev. Lyman Beechers assault duelins onafter AlexanderHamiltons fatal encounter with Aaron Burr met a widespread popular..rponr.lThe custom,which was basedon the ethic of honor, becameexceedinglyrare thereafter ttre infree states. Theseand other signsof socialchangein the relatively short spanof one hundredyearsindicatedthat honor in Yankeedomhad becomeanotherword for domesticand civicvirtue. No longer did it mediatebetweena rude, sometimes passionate public and a belligerent,self-regarding manhood. The older conceptscontinued,however,to thrive in the Old South.... was this Itdiscrepancy betweenonce sectiondevotedto conscience and to seculareconomicconcerns andthe otherto honor and to persistent community sanctions that eventuallycompelledtheslaveholdingstates withdraw. Pre-Civil War Southerners to calculatethe value of union to hadwhen their claims 2012Ito respectwere met in the North with skepticism,condescension, and
  • 7. Three dangers of the Honor Code as practiced in the Antebellum South•Pride and arrogance in the individual; elitism in society•An inability to ignore insults, baseless accusations•Dearth of creativity; an inability to think beyond “the way it’s always been done”
  • 8. Pride, arrogance, and elitism•The disdain for Harrison the spy•Buford: “[He] did not hate [Southerners].… The only one who even irritated him were the cavaliers, the high-bred, feathery, courtly ones who spoke like Englishmen and treated a man like dirt” (42, 45).•Chamberlain: The South was transplanting “the horror of old Europe, the curse of nobility” to the New World. “They were forming a new aristocracy…” (26, 27).•Gamble: “Arrogant people, you know that? Came right at us” (86, 89).
  • 9. Inability to ignore insults, accusations
  • 10. The Killer Angels, p. 133
  • 11. serveas mirrors thatreturn the image of oneself.This submission public evaluationpreventedoutrageous tohaughtiness encouraged and affability, for if one usedthe self as mirror as Narcissusdid, thenself-lovewould becomedestructive. is, for instance, themethat JaneAustenoften explored It thein her novels:the incompleteness character of divorcedfrom social convention.... internal theman and the externalrealitiesof his existence united in sucha way that he knows no other aregood or evil exceptthat which the collectivegroup designates. reflectssocietyas society Hereflectshim. (1a-15)Honor in the antebellumNorth becameakin to respectability, word that includedfreedomfrom alicit vices that once were signalsof masculinity.... The Rev. Lyman Beechers assault duelins onafter AlexanderHamiltons fatal encounter with Aaron Burr met a widespread popular..rponr.lThe custom,which was basedon the ethic of honor, becameexceedinglyrare thereafter ttre infree states. Theseand other signsof socialchangein the relatively short spanof one hundredyearsindicatedthat honor in Yankeedomhad becomeanotherword for domesticand civicvirtue. No longer did it mediatebetweena rude, sometimes passionate public and a belligerent,self-regarding manhood. The older conceptscontinued,however,to thrive in the Old South.... was this Itdiscrepancy betweenonce sectiondevotedto conscience and to seculareconomicconcerns andthe otherto honor and to persistent community sanctions that eventuallycompelledtheslaveholdingstates withdraw. Pre-Civil War Southerners to calculatethe value of union to hadwhen their claims 2012Ito respectwere met in the North with skepticism,condescension, andfinally, contempt.(20-21)
  • 12. The Killer Angels, p. 64
  • 13. The Killer Angels, p. 64
  • 14. The Killer Angels, p. 64
  • 15. The Killer Angels, p. 133
  • 16. The Killer Angels, p. 133

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