. s head field hand. When Scarlett was attacked by the Yankee and nigger outside of Atlanta before frank died, it was Sam who saved her, Sam who took her home. He could have been killed, and was running from the law because he killed a man, but he loved the OHara family for being so good to him enough to save Scarlett. Or you could look at Mammy.She was Ellens mammy, first, and when Ellen married Gerald, she came with.
Mammy brought up the girls, and was always someone to talk to, a strong post in the storm to hold on to. It was mammy who Scarlett longed to run to when she was upset, after her mother died. Mammy and Tara, that is. There were Pork, and Dicley.Pork was Geralds main man, whom he won in a poker game, when he won Tara.
Pork was always there for Gerald, and was very dedicated to the family. After the war, during the Reconstruction, he stole and pillaged for them, often at a risk to his own life. His wife, Dicley, was the same way. When Scarlett and Melly came home to Tara after the fire, it was Dicley who saved Mellys baby with her milk.All in all, I took these and other examples as proof that not all slaves were treated wrongly.
That was very comforting to me. Plot Scarlett OHara has a bunch of problems, some of which she brings on herself, others that she has no control over, but always seems to make them worse. She gets off to a great start at the beginning of the book, with her display in the parlor of the Wilkess house when she proclaimed her love for the engaged Ashley. It was here that Rhett met her, and here when Rhett decided to have her eventually.Out of spite of Ashley, Scarlett gets Charles Hamilton to marry her very quickly.
Scarlett ends up pregnant very quickly, and then Charles dies in the war. Scarlett ends up in Atlanta living with Charless wife, Melly, and his aunt Pittypat. She lives there until the burning of Atlanta, and the time in-between these she becomes very scandalous. She allows Rhett to court her, even though she is supposed to be in mourning of her late husband. When Atlanta burns, Scarlett, Melly, the children, and Prissy all travel back to Tara. Scarlett vows to make the plantation run again, and succeeds.
But then it comes time for taxes, and she doesnt have enough money for them.So, she decided that the only solution to her problem is to marry Frank Kennedy. She does this, and pays off the tax dept. She becomes a business woman, and while riding outside of Atlanta, alone, she is stopped and a Yankee and a nigger attempt to rape her and steal her money. After this incident, Frank is forced to get revenge, but gets killed in the mean time. At his funeral, Rhett proposes to Scarlett. This begins a whirl wind marriage.
After many problems with each other, including Rhett accidentally pushing Scarlett down the stairs of their huge home and causing her a miscarriage. At the end of the book, Rhett pushes Scarlett away, and she runs back to Tara again, with the quote, “Ill think about it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, Ill think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.
” Theme This book is full of symbolism.One of the biggest symbols is the earth, or Tara. I believe that the main theme of this book is that the earth is constant, the earth will always be there, that when all else is gone, you can still go on with the earth. Scarlett is tightly tied to Tara, because her father always said that it was the earth that made the land beautiful, that the earth was the most important part of life on the plantation. Whenever something bad happens to Scarlett, she runs to Tara where she will feel safe. This is proven in the quote from Scarlett at the end of the story.I also think that another big theme is that if you are determined to succeed, you will.
I think that Scarletts determination in everything she did is what caused her to thrive. She was very successful in anything she set her mind to. She got Ashley to tell her that he loved her. She got the plantation back on its feet.She got Frank Kennedy to marry her, and pay off the debt at Tara. She got Charles to marry her. She got her business running, and very well at that.
She got Rhett to love her, and marry her. I took this as a clue that anything can be achieved, good or bad, if you stick your mind to it. That was a very important message, in my opinion.Opinion This has to be one of my favorite books of all time. I read it once when I was in 7th grade. I loved it then, but I realize now that I never really understood anything in it. I think I modeled myself after the good parts of Scarlett back then. In 7th grade, this installed in me a confidence that I could do whatever I wanted to.
When I read it again this year, it not only reaffirmed that confidence, it added to it.I realized that there was more to this book than just the love story. There was much more to it. I realized that you have to take the good with the bad. You have to deal with the bad things that come along, and try to make the best of them. I think that Scarlett was a little lacking in this area, because she always seemed to make bad situations worse before she accidentally made them better.I admire the author, Ms. Mitchell, for her brilliance.
This was definitely an awesome book. Authors biography American author of the enormously popular novel GONE WITH WIND (1936), story about American Civil War and Reconstruction as seen from the Southern point of view. The book was adapted to highly popular film in 1939, starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh. At the novel’s opening in 1861, Scarlett O’Hara is sixteen-year-old girl.
In the twelve year span of the story she experiences Secession, Civil War, Reconstruction, as well as romance, love, marriage, and motherhood. Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta. Her father was a prominent lawyer, president of the Atlanta Historical Society and mother a suffragist. Mitchell graduated from the local Washington Seminary and started in 1918 to study medicine at Smith College. In her youth Mitchell adopted her mother’s feminist leanings which clashed with her father’s conservatism – but she lived fully the wild times of the Jazz age and wrote about them in nonfiction.
When Mitchell’s mother died in 1919 she returned to home to keep house for her father and brother. In 1922 she married Berrien Kinnard Upshaw. The disastrous marriage was climaxed by spousal rape and was annulled 1924. Mitchell started her career as a journalist in 1922 under the name Peggy Mitchell, writing for the Atlanta Journal.
Four years later she resigned after an ankle injury.Her second husband, John Robert Marsh, an advertising manager, encouraged Mitchell in her writing aspirations. From 1926 to 1929 she wrote Gone With the Wind, dressing in boys’ trousers while writing and combining stories of Civil War heard in childhood to historical material. The outcome, a thousand page the novel was not published until 1935 when she first shoved it to an editor.
The work broke sales records and was awarded in 1937 the Pulitzer Prize. Although Gone with the Wind brought Mitchell fame and tremendous fortune, it seems to have brought little joy.Hounded by the press and public, the author and her husband lived modestly and traveled rarely. Also questions about the book’s literary status, melodrama and racism led to critical neglect which continued well in the 1960s. During World War II Mitchell was volunteer selling war bonds and volunteer for the American Red Cross in the 1940s. She was named honorary citizen of Vimoutiers, France, in 1949, for helping the city obtain American aid after WW II.
Mitchell died in Atlanta on August 16, 1949 – she was accidentally struck by a speeding car.Authorized sequel for Gone with the Wind, entitled Scarlett and written by Alexandra Ripley, appeared in 1992. In the story Scarlett journeys to Ireland with her children and meets again Rhett Butler. LOST LAYSEN, a lost novella by Mitchell, written when she was 16, and given to her close friend, was published in 1995. The romantic story was set on a South Pacific island.