The traditional world of the American South, described in the novel, does not give too much freedom of choice. Women are victims of the system in which only two groups exist: those who govern and those who are ruled. Murder becomes a crime only if hits into ruling social norms. Percy Grimm and Doc Hines are not sentenced or even charged for their crimes whilst Joe Christmas is lynched in a presence of silent approval of a community. Neither women nor black Americans protest against their mistreatment. After decades of marriage, Mrs McEachern and Mrs Hines are sexless and unattractive and both live only for their husbands. In a sense, they are "castrated" like Joe Christmas, and like all other victims in this society, turn into obedient, asexual, neutered beings - perfect slaves. Long after slavery was abolished, the slavery culture still affects every part of the social life of this part of the USA.
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