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