Gone with the Wind






Gone With the Wind
Mitchell, Margaret
published by Avon Books
1963

Setting

The book is Gone With the Wind. The time is 1861, and the action is
centered around Atlanta Georgia, and the surrounding area. It begins at Tara, the O’Hara
plantation. Scarlett quickly moves to Atlanta, soon after her late husband’s death. she
returns to Tara, though, during the burning of Atlanta by the Yankees. Once she has
made Tara successful again, and she needs money for the house, she gets Frank Kennedy
to
marry her. So she moves back to Atlanta. Once Frank is killed, Scarlett marries Rhett,
and the two of them build a huge house outside of the city.



Characters

Scarlett O’Hara-Hamilton-Kennedy-Butler
The main character of the book, Scarlett was very beautiful, and very stubborn. With her
“magnolia white skin” and the “smallest waist in 3 counties”, she was somewhat
irresistible to men. She used this to her advantage in every way she could. It did get her
places, but where it didn’t, she had to resort to her wits, and stubborn disposition. she
decides that she loves Ashley Wilkes, and vows that she will get him to say that he loves
her back. This presents her first problem. To solve this problem, or to get back at Ashley
for not marring her, she gets Charles Hamilton to marry her, instead. That was a short
lived marriage, because he was killed by pneumonia at a camp in war. He did give
Scarlett a baby, whom she named Wade Hamilton. She was very distraught after this,
because it made her realize that Ashley might die. She was sent to her sister in law,
Melanie Wilkes, who was Charles’s sitter, and Ashley’s wife. They lived with their aunt
Pittypat in Atlanta, until the Yankees came to the city and burned it. Then Scarlett and
the girls fled to Tara, where Scarlett felt safe. There, she vowed to get the plantation
running again, even if it met killing the Yankee who tried to rob the house. She did get
Ashley to proclaim his love for her, but never any more than that. She married Frank
Kennedy for his money when the plantation needed money for taxes. They were married
until Scarlett, ever the business woman, was out for a drive in the country and got robbed.
This demanded action from Frank, and he was shot trying to get his revenge. At his
funeral, Rhett asked Scarlett to marry him. She of course said yes, and they lived together
for quite a while in their huge house on the outskirts of Atlanta. They had a child, whom
they named bonnie, to add to Scarlett’s brood of 2 from her previous marriages. But
tragically, Bonnie was killed when she fell from her horse. This caused problems
between Scarlett and Rhett, and they ended up leaving each other. Scarlett realizes, to
late, that she did in fact love Rhett, and tries to get him back, but he is to far gone. She
vows at the end of the book to get him back, saying that after all, tomorrow is another
day.


Rhett Butler
Rhett is a very scandalous man. he doesn’t care what anybody says about him, and
doesn’t think that anybody else should care, ether. He meets Scarlett at the Wilkes’s ball
at the beginning of the book, and vows to have her someday. He becomes active in her
life in Atlanta, after Charles’s death. He was not received in his hometown of Charleston,
where he was accused of rape. He and Scarlett went around the bush all the time, and he
was the only man that her charms would now work on. He saw through them. Rhett
exemplifies a strange mixture of good and bad in a man. He is good in that he loves
Scarlett, and will do just about anything for her, but he is bad in that he goes to whore
houses, and stuff like that. When he and Scarlett get married, he is very jealous of her
devotion to Ashley. but this subdues when Scarlett has Bonnie, whom he loved very
much. When she died, he was heartbroken. I do believe that he loved his child more than
his wife. He realized this, too, and broke off his relationship with Scarlett for ever, he
says. thus the end of the book.

Ashley Wilkes
Ashley was a very tragic character. He married his cousin, Melanie Hamilton,
much to Scarlett’s dismay. But they married anyway, and when Ashley came home to
Atlanta for Christmas, Melly ended up pregnant. He was a thoughtful,