Gone with the wind literary criticism

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gone with the wind literary criticism

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchells monumental epic of the South won a Pulitzer Prize, gave rise to the most popular motion picture of our time, and inspired a sequel that became the fastest selling novel of the century. It is one of the most popular books ever written: more than 28 million copies of the book have been sold in more than 37 countries. Today, more than 60 years after its initial publication, its achievements are unparalleled, and it remains the most revered American saga and the most beloved work by an American writer...
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GONE WITH THE WIND: Scarlett O'Hara Was A Survivalist Book Review

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It annoyed me. So prepare yourself for a rant. Now, I happen to agree that Gone with the Wind features many wonderful strong women. However, that being true does not contradict any of the criticisms made of both book and film. Gone with the Wind is at once a tale of strong women and appallingly racist. When I was wee I read the book multiple times and saw the movie almost as often.

Gloria Steinem, editor of the newly launched Ms. I sprang to defend her as a fierce, courageous heroine, going her own way, a survivor and so on. She says her own enthrallment began with teenage reading in Richmond, Va. Haskell consults the standard reactions to the manner in which the film ignores the turpitude of slavery while sustaining the honor of the Confederacy. She is most comfortable examining the male-female sexual dynamics.

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I am a re-reader. I have been all my life., Throughout history there have been political and sanctimonious types who tried to restrict what the populace is permitted to read, but in our generation these types seem to be proliferating.

Scarlett lives on a large Georgian plantation and is admired by many. Despite her lengthy list of potential suitors, Scarlett wishes to be wed to a gentleman by the name of Ashely Wilkes. As it turns out, however, Ashley is betrothed to Melanie Hamilton, a plain and lanky girl from Atlanta. Ashley reveals to Scarlett that he also has strong feelings for her, however, he intends to marry Melanie his cousin because she has much more in common with him. Dismayed by his revelation, Scarlett slaps Ashley and he leaves the room. Not much time passes before Scarlett realizes that she is not alone.

Writer Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8th, , at the beginning of a new century. The initial press run was for , copies. Within six months, the book had sold its first million. Despite its fame, and maybe because of it, Gone With the Wind never really garnered critical acclaim. The saga of the Old South, where slaves happily worked in the fields and romance was always in the air only to be vanquished by the evil Yankee invaders of the Civil War, has not aged well. Critic Floyd C.

The novel is written with a simple, linear plot that spans about eight years. The single most important event is the Civil War, which changes the lives of everyone in the south and drives Scarlett to some of her most reckless deeds. Forward motion is achieved by a pattern of foreshadow and fulfillment which at times is so obvious that overt prediction is a better term than foreshadowing. The men with whom Scarlett carelessly flirts in the beginning both end up marrying her. Rhett whom she claims to hate from the moment she lays eyes on him becomes an important figure not only for Scarlett but for the rest of the characters as well. In fact, he makes many of the predictions that anger them the most.


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