Analysis Of Scarlett In Gone With The Wind
“Gone With the Wind” is my favorite novel written by Margaret Mitchell, a southerner in the U.S., and the situation is described from the southern point of view. The author, used many stories she heard from her family who had lived through it, to weave this thrilling novel. It is full of dashing, daring men and women, thrilling episodes, and much romance. The heroine Scarlett in this book is so different from a traditional Chinese woman that I have decided to write something about her.
‘Gone with the Wind’ has represented the turbulent social reality in the South in American Civil War. Scarlett O’hara is beautiful then, in order to realize her dream of living better, she regards love and marriage as a chip of trade. There’s no true love in her three marriages, until the end, she understands that Ashley, the person she bears in mind for twelve years is not her true love, but one beautiful unreal image belongs to the South in the past and does not adapt to this coming new society. The person who she really loves is similar to her — Rhett Butler.
To understand Scarlett better, I divided the essay into 4 parts as followed.
1. Scarlett’s Growth
Scarlett’s growth can be divided mainly in two periodsï¼Œbefore the Civil War and after itï¼ŽTo understand Scralettï¼Œwe should know the two different ways of life have a great influence on Scralett’s characterï¼Ž
Before the Civil War breaks out, Scralett as well as other old aristocratic young ladies in the south lives an easyï¼Œluxurious life full of barbecuesï¼Œballs and flirting with beausï¼ŽFor a young lady who has only got 16ï¼Œthe life for her just means learning the arts and graces of being more attractive to menï¼Œwhich is also the south society’s regulation of womanï¼ŽOn one handï¼Œby the diligently stubborn teaching of her mother and black mammy, the seed off the purity and tradition are buried deeply in her mind. But on the other handï¼Œher Irish father also influences her by the Irish stubbornnessï¼Œarroganceï¼Œetcï¼ŽThese two spirits conflicts frequently in the young girl’s mindï¼ŽJust like her spreading skirtsï¼Œthe demureness of hair netted smoothly into a chignon and the quietness of small white hands folded in her lap, her true self was poorly concealedï¼Ž
After the Civil War, Scralett’s true self, which is apparently opposite to the lady-mannered discipline of the old southï¼Œcrazily yield sand matures in the desolate earth after the warï¼ŽScarlett’s anti-traditional behavior is more and more undisguisedï¼Ž
2. Scarlett’s Character of Breaking the Rules
Part of Scarlett’s enduring charm for me is her aspiration to break the rules. She challenges nineteenth-century society’s gender roles repeatedly, running a store and two lumber mills at one point. Scarlett is in some ways the least stereotypically feminine of women (in other ways the most), and the more traditional Melanie Wilkes is in many ways her foil. But Scarlett survives the war, several marriages, the birth of children, and even a miscarriage. Melanie, on the other hand, struggles with fragile health and a shy nature. Without Melanie Wilkes, Scarlett might simply be seen as harsh and “over the top”, but beside Melanie, Scarlett presents a fresher, deeper female characterization; she lives a complicated life during a difficult period of history.
3. Scarlett’s Hopes and defects
The other charm of Scarlett to me is that she is always full of hopes of tomorrow, life and the future. Some of her lines from Gone with the Wind, like “Fiddle-dee-dee!” “Tomorrow is another day,” “Great balls of fire!” and “I’ll never be hungry again!” have become well-known all around the world. She is charming and candidï¼ŽThe dream of tomorrow would call back the strength to live today, and the hope of future would help her to swallow all the bitterness of the presentï¼ŽThe land is the only thingï¼Œwhich helps her to maintain her consciousness of tomorrowï¼ŽFrom the beginning to the endï¼Œland Traa is always the core of Scralett’s lifeï¼ŽHer constant care for Traa is never stopped because only from it her consciousness of tomorrow can be realizedï¼ŽLand is the only thing in the world that amounts to anythingï¼ŽFor it’s the only thing in this world that lastsï¼›it’s the only thing worth fighting for.
Scarlett is remained as one of the most controversial literature figures from the day the book published till nowï¼ŽHer bad deedï¼Œbad words and bad thoughts after the war-time appropriately reflect her natural character——mixtureï¼Œshe is a blending of the good and evilï¼Œof practical and idealï¼Œof despair and hopeï¼Œand of yesterday and tomorrowï¼ŽShe is by far the most developed character in “Gone with the Wind.” She stands out because she is strong and saves her family but is incredibly selfish and petty at the same time.
From the analysis of her character, she cannot be regarded as a perfect woman. By a rough glimpse, she seems to be a rudeï¼Œignorantï¼Œand hypocritical remaining of the old Southern aristocratsï¼ŽJust like other southern peopleï¼Œshe hates the war, disgusts the new established south government, deeply recalls the previous lifeï¼Œtogether with the careless revealing of her attitude towards slaveryï¼ŽThey become the root where the criticism derives fromï¼ŽHowever, Scarlett is real and believable.
Forgetting the past doesn’t really mean that nothing has happened. Forgetting the past is to accumulate energy of the futureï¼ŽThe purpose of Scarlett’s looking forward is to survive to fight, because that is the miracle literature has created to attractï¼Œto moveï¼Œand to encourage the people wherever they areï¼Ž The old are gone with the wind, while the new are gathering new strength to march on.