As the story draws to a close, Scarlett witnesses the clash between the military and the Irish, a clash that results in the death of a young officer who had proposed to Scarlett and of whom she is very fond, followed by the death of her cousin, Colum, who is her daughter's godfather. Rhett and Scarlett escape the fighting and Scarlett reveals to Rhett that he has a daughter. The townspeople search for the family, intent on their hatred for Scarlett who has, in their opinion, crossed the line with her loyalties.
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Plot Summary. Chapters One through Eight. You have laid out almost exactly my own feelings about Gone With the Wind. As a child, I saw it in school, and then read it and rented the video from my local video store multiple times. Then, slowly, I started to realize all of the horrible things that were glossed over, or even portrayed as good.
Why is she so good to Scarlett? But then… yes, Mammy and Prissy. Oh, Prissy. I shudder at the memory of imitating her on the playground. I think this is an important discussion to have — freely talking about the flaws of something, even if you love it as a whole or love aspects of it.
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Thanks for the link, both of them. They hit on the head why the Mammy stereotype is so appalling. And, yes, it has a lot in common with GWTW. You are just so awesome! I swear you are my new hero! Please do? I really enjoy your rants. I agree completely. As you said, Justine, people can still love what they love while acknowledging the problems. Thanks for this post Justine. Your post ad the comments go someway towards answering this. Now, I see it as the sort of story people Southerners told themselves about the Civil War and Reconstruction.
And among family and older acquaintances, still tell Then, I read it as a manual for capturing the attention of guys without being all that pretty. More than perhaps any other story, my perception has changed enormously over the years. I read Rebecca by DuMaurier when I was twelve, too. This really seems to sum it up. The little old lady who used to watch my sister and me while our parents were at work was as sweet as could be, and as racist as the day is long. I can only imagine how bad it was when Margaret Mitchell was growing up. The story goes that as a girl she would sit and listen to the war stories of the old Confederate veterans — no doubt the source of her idealized version of the South and her not so flattering portrayal of northerners.
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Some of this can be forgiven in the same way you might forgive Mark Twain for the racist language and stereotypes he used — what was acceptable in their time has become unacceptable in ours. But where Mark Twain was interested in changing the conventional attitudes, Margaret Mitchell glorifies those old ways and ideas. I talk to people all the time about the importance of names and I think the same must be true for even fictional characters!
Scarlett was the perfect name for this feisty character. Thanks for your post! See also, Roman Polanski, defense of. Very worth a read, including the comments. Actually, a few days ago my mom rented Gone With the Wind again, and it had been year since I had seen that movie! I did notice how Scarlett kept her slaves, Mammy, Prissy, Pork, still after the war.
The slaves here were loyal to their masters haha, to someone like Scarlett? It just bugged me a little, but I overlooked it. After reading this, though, it made me think it over.
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I suppose it did have flaws, huh? Even the ones that continue to be praised decades on. This makes me want to read the book even more now.
Thanks for the post! I ought to show this to my mother!
I was twelve! Another flaw of hers: not very observant. In short, blech. Thank you. Veejane: Thanks for sharing that true fact. A murderer, and the murderer of a woman, too! Well, I packed him off with a large flea in his ear, I can tell you! And she hated you especially about Stuart Tarleton.
I told her never to put foot in this house again and that if I heard her breathe so vile an insinuation I would — I would call her a liar in public! Melanie stopped speaking and abruptly the anger left her face and sorrow swamped it. Melanie had all that passionate clan loyalty peculiar to Georgians and the thought of a family quarrel tore her heart. She faltered for a moment. But Scarlett was dearest, Scarlett came first in her heart, and she went on loyally:. Would she never stop stabbing him to the heart? Her only thought had been to make him happy and safe but at every turn she seemed to hurt him.
She had wrecked his life, broken his pride and self-respect, shattered that inner peace, that calm based on integrity. And now she had alienated him from the sister he loved so dearly. Knowing how Ashley valued honor above his life, Scarlett knew he must be writhing. While Scarlett realized the necessity for this and knew that the blame for his false position lay mostly at her own door, still — still — Womanlike she would have respected Ashley more, had he shot Archie and admitted everything to Melanie and the world.
She knew she was being unfair but she was too miserable to care for such fine points.
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And, for the first time, some of the bright glow which had enveloped him since the first day she fell in love with him began to fade imperceptibly. The tarnish of shame and guilt that enveloped her spread to him as well. Resolutely she tried to fight off this thought but it only made her cry harder. No, not to each other or to anybody.
And anybody who believes them or receives them is my enemy. Scarlett, looking sorrowfully down the long vista of years to come, knew that she was the cause of a feud that would split the town and the family for generations. Melanie was as good as her word. She never again mentioned the subject to Scarlett or to Ashley. Nor, for that matter, would she discuss it with anyone. She maintained an air of cool indifference that could speedily change to icy formality if anyone even dared hint about the matter.
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She did not speak, she acted. She made Scarlett go to the store and the lumber yard, as usual, every morning and she went with her. She insisted that Scarlett go driving in the afternoons, little though Scarlett wished to expose herself to the eager curious gaze of her fellow townspeople. And Melanie sat in the carriage beside her. Melanie took her calling with her on formal afternoons, gently forcing her into parlors in which Scarlett had not sat for more than two years. She made Scarlett arrive early on these afternoons and remain until the last callers had gone, thereby depriving the ladies of the opportunity for enjoyable group discussion and speculation, a matter which caused some mild indignation.
These calls were an especial torment to Scarlett but she dared not refuse to go with Melanie. She hated to sit amid crowds of women who were secretly wondering if she had been actually taken in adultery.