Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

Gone with Wind & Scarlett O Hara #AtoZChallenge

“Dear Scarlett! You aren’t helpless. Anyone as selfish and determined as you are is never helpless.
God help the Yankees if they should get you.” -Rhett Butler”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Definitely a voluminous read, yet the book and its protagonist would stay in one’s mind, after that last page is turned over. Not many like her, despite the major portion of the book being based upon her. Sympathies have always been with Rhett Butler, the man who wooed and finally does get to marry her.

To me she was an enigma of sorts

She is Scarlett O’Hara. She is pretty, oh well the Southern belle who grows up in the Georgian plantation in the times of the American civil war. She is seemingly selfish, shrewd and definitely vain. Yet, I just couldn’t stop myself from admiring the strength that lay within her. From a spoiled teenager, she transforms herself into a hard-working woman. Scarlett inherits the strong will of her father and with the war raging all over, it is Scarlett who shoulders the troubles of her family. She may have been opportunistic in her desires, as well as, in marriage, however having seen a life of struggles, Scarlett just had to be that way.

The hard-headed girl that she was

Scarlett also exhibited her father’s hard-headedness. And this quality makes her rise up against the social restrictions when she is widowed at a young age. With a strong determination she pursues all goals, to achieve everything she desires by any means. Though very often, her ways are ruthless, yet it is these efforts that prevent her family from starvation. She possesses a remarkable talent for business and leadership and with her razor sharp intelligence she gets through the hardships plagued by the American civil war. Scarlett lives her life the way she deems best, deciding what constitutes as success to her.

Gone with the wind is Scarlett’s story. And her character would remain etched in readers’ minds for years to come.

This post is a part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge where I write about twenty six women characters from books, who have left an impact on me. You can read the previous posts here- Women in Books

21 Comments

  • Shalzmojo

    I am not a fan of this book for I found it too long and meandering; plu sher character was impossibly spoilt and selfish for me to swallow at all! I think I liked the recent version of this which was made into a movie Australia starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman!

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    • Ramya Abhinand

      Oh yes this is one voluminous read and that could be quite a put off. Yet the original has a class apart plot, trust me you read and you would be drawn into it.

  • Tarang

    Hmm…Scarlett O’Hara! You’re right. She is not my favourite character, but certainly one of most striking characters. One of the strongest.

    Read this book many years back. Totally engrossing.

  • Balaka

    Honestly speaking, I could never finish this book. But I loved the movie. To me till date Gone with the wind is synonymous to the ethereal beauty of Vivian Leigh and the chivalrous charm of Clark Gable.

  • lindamaycurry

    This is another book I didn’t read because I saw the movie (several times). Makes me realise I should read it. Maybe I need a Book Club which reads the books behind the movies.

  • Esha M Dutta

    I read this book times over, the entire length of it when I was in college and the story simply bowled me over. The Hollywood movie is an iconic version amongst the all-time greats too. Yes, Scarlett is spoilt, vain and impulsive but she stands out as one very strong woman who holds her own among the rest of the women protagonists in the whole of English Literature and that is a remarkable feat by Margaret Mitchell! Considering this was the only book she write that was published in her lifetime. One of my favourites for sure.

  • Soumya Prasad

    This is a book that I haven’t been able to finish in years! Scarlett O’Hara was really annoying to me. I hear she is a strong woman and stand by Rhett no matter what. Since I’ve only read half the book, I cannot comment much.

    Hopefully, I’ll complete the book soon.

    • Ramya Abhinand

      Oh thats ok Sowmya.. She was a different individual, strngth of a different kind. And thats what stood out int he book.

  • Natasha

    This story will remain everyones all time favourite. The movie is a master piece in itself too. Though I haven’t read the book, not sure I would like to. I’m slightly averse to fat books. But it’s a fascinating story indeed.

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