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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gone with the Wind

"Gone with the Wind" is the only book written by Margaret Mitchell in 1936 that was made into a motion picture in 1939 starring Vivian Leigh. The novel is set in Georgia in the 1860's and centers around a spoiled Southern bell Scarlett O'Hara. She is the wealthy heiress of an Iris immigrant family who live at Tara mansion. Scarlett is 16 at the beginning of the book and 23 at the end. The book describes her a snot very attractive but had a way with the men.

Fort Sumter had been fired upon two days before and one day the men are called to fight in the Civil War. Scarlett learn Ashley Wilkes is engaged to his cousin Melanie Hamilton which breaks her heart. The next day at a barbecue, she declares her love for him and he for her but he Won't marry Scarlett because of their differing personalities. Rhett Butler enters the picture. She tries to get back at Melanie by marrying her brother. She is made a widow at 16 when Charles Hamilton dies from measles and has a son. Tradition says for her to wear black and not talk to men which sends her into a depression.

More events follow. She moves in with Melanie and begins keeping herself busy. Scarlett eventually marries Rhett, goes back to Tara, and has three more children. Rhett has a drinking problem and it gets worse when Bonnie is killed from a fall on a horse. Scarlett hold sup better than Rhett. Scarlett and Rhett are survivors to say the least. The heroine finally learns about love. However, it got criticized because of the racism but is still popular today. One can learn much about history.

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