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Gone With the Wind (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Gone with the Wind

    In Gone with the Wind there is an old fashioned setting that surrounds the characters all together. It takes place in the South, where back then the South and North were two completely different significant places. It was all set around the Civil War era in the state of Georgia. The morals, values, and ethics of the southern plantation owners dangled a theme around the novel. There were people whose lives had a drastic change because of their surroundings and the time it all took place. They were defeated by the war, but they were still capable of picking themselves back up. This was possible due to their southern beliefs and values. Throughout the story there were many different mixtures of love exchanged amongst all of the characters. It all began with what Scarlet O¿Hara thought was unconditional love for Ashley Wilkes. Soon enough another character came into the picture and fell for Scarlet. This was Rhett Butler, who then took a part in this new love triangle. Scarlet O¿Hara played the role of the main character. She was an arrogant type with a lot of confidence. She carried a big ego on her shoulders, but was beautiful to many people. She was an important part of everything that took place. Her conflicts were in everything. She fought herself at times when it came to loving Ashley Wilkes. She could only be reminded of the pain she was putting herself through each time she realized Ashley felt somewhat differently about her. Going through the Civil War era with not much real support became difficult. There were chances for Scarlet to take different steps away from and into her life, but it was the conflict she had with herself that created the barrier for that. I like how even though Scarlet started off not realizing what was right for her and what was really most important in her life, she came to her senses in the end. She took another view on her southern background and the love sitting right in front of her. The characters that almost lived their lives around Scarlet and had some affect on her were Rhett Butler, the housekeeper Mammie, Melanie Hamilton, and Ashley Wilkes. Rhett was the self-indulged type who stayed self-centered in the majority of his ways. He had an affect on Scarlets views of love and herself as a person. In some ways Rhett brought out the side of Scarlet that was played by both characters. It was the big ego, self-centered part of their personalities. He changed her for the better it seemed. It all lies at the end of everything. Mammie, the housekeeper, was the one who ran the house and kept things in shape. She constantly mothered Scarlet throughout her troubles. Without Mammie it seems there could¿ve been a chance of Scarlet breaking down piece by piece through the rest of the story. Melanie Hamilton was the one person who kept Scarlet from getting what she wanted and not intentionally. It was something Scarlet wanted more than anything else at that. She had an affect on how Scarlet would move on with her life. Even past the love she had for Ashley. Ashley Wilkes was one of Scarlets major loves. She learned the struggle of a hard crushing love and how it¿s possible for her to love another without them feeling the same; after all Scarlet spent most of her life being adored and loved by others. Through the relationship with Ashley she was affected by the love and all the struggles and lessons that went along with it. It was possible for her to see how real love was carried within the one who loved her unconditionally. Out of all the characters I liked each one in separate ways. Within one characters life there was so much going on. A highlight was carried in their life throughout the story and it made it like there wasn¿t just one story to read but many. I like the differences and diversity between each character, because that¿s what kept an interest there. The plot of Gone with the Wind was one I enjoyed because of the love triangle between characters. It highlighted the story with more suspense a

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    You Don't Really Need It..But good to have

    Gone with the Wind is a long and well-written book..but if a person reads carefully its not a difficult book. The SparkNotes book is a nice addition to have, espically if you are writing an essay on the subject. It gives wonderful 'Who's Who' and other helpful analysis.

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