Gone with the wind Essay
Gone with the wind
1.Give a summary of the book. Include the plot, the rising conflict and its climax and so on.
2.Give the character that you identify most? Why?
3.What is the setting of the story and how does it affect the story? What would happen if the story was set in another time or setting?
4.What are the major conflicts in this story? How would have Jesus reacted to one of the conflicts in the story?
Gone With the Wind
Gone with the wind is one of best novel I have ever read. It is also the greatest love story ever written. It is set during the American civil war (1861) in which the Southern states (the Confederacy) tried to free themselves from the northern states.
The main character of this story was the beautiful Scarlett O’Hara. Her father, Gerald O’Hara was an old Irishman who owned a big cotton plantation named Tara. He also owned tens of slaves who worked for him. Scarlett’s mother was Ellen O’Hara and she was one of the kindest and most respected ladies in the county. All her life, Scarlett O’Hara wanted to be like her mother Ellen. The main O’Haras neighbors included the Wilkeses, the Tarletons, and the Calverts.
As she was the most beautiful girl in the whole county, she had many beaux compared to any girl in the county. Almost all the boys were in the county were in love with her. But the Tarleton twins, Brent and Stuart, whom Scarlett liked hanging out with were twice madly in love with her compared to any other boys. But the problem was that Scarlett didn’t love them. She was madly in love with Ashley Wilkes, her neighbor. She believed that Ashley Wilkes and her were meant to be together and neither the coming civil war nor the Tarleton twins were going to change that.
But then, Scarlett learnt from the twins that the love of her life Ashley was going to marry his cousin Melanie Hamilton. She could hardly believe this and depression suddenly took the better part of her. Luckily, the Wilkeses organized a barbecue in which they were going to announce Ashley Wilkes engagement to his cousin. Scarlett planned to tell Ashley that she loved him and he would propose to her and forget about his cousin Melanie. and then maybe they would elope.
But at the Wilkes’ barbecue, her plan didn’t succeed. Ashley told her that he loved his cousin Melanie because they were alike blood wise and they were alike in many other ways. Now, since they didn’t want to be heard by others as they were having their secret talk they decided to do it in the library. Unfortunately after they had finished their talk and Ashley had left the library, Scarlett started crying. Then from the back of the library, a man appeared, with an evil smile on his face. Scarlett knew that he had been listening to their conversation. His name was Rhett Butler and Scarlett told him that he was no gentleman and she was surprised to hear that she was no lady.
To make Ashley Wilkes feel jealous, Scarlett married the timid and shy Charles Hamilton who was Melanie brother. Every boy who was in love with Scarlett was furious and even the Tarletons twins swore to kill Charles. Then the war started, and before all the men went to the war, Scarlett married Charles and Melanie married Ashley on the same wedding and day. Within two weeks of her marriage, Scarlett was already a widow as Charles Hamilton died in the war due pneumonia. But this didn’t worry Scarlett as she didn’t love Charles. But she was sad as Ashley had married another chick and he had gone with her. So everybody confused this, and thought that she was mourning for her husband’s death Charles.
Scarlett left her home Tara to Atlanta as her parents thought that a change of scene would reduce her stress and depression. She was happy because she moving to the Hamilton house where Melanie used to live and also, the half of the house was hers. Through Melanie maybe she would learn how Ashley was doing through the mail he sent to her. For a second time, Scarlett met Rhett Butler who was by now a blockader, as the Yankees were not allowing the Confederates to trade with other countries with nations through the Eastern United States port search New York.
Gone with the wind, is a rather big book and hence hard to summarize, but this is what happened next briefly. The Yankees took over Atlanta and Scarlett had to go back to Tara. Then after the Yankees had taken over the south, the former confederate had to pay high taxes for their homes. Scarlett didn’t want to lose Tara she didn’t have the money to pay the taxes. To get the money, she married Frank Kennedy, her sister beau and got the money. But then, Frank died in KKK and Scarlett was left a widow again.
Scarlett was tired of waiting for Ashley’s love, so she married Rhett Butler who loved her so much although he didn’t tell her. But she didn’t love him. Then, Melanie Wilkes, died during childbirth and Scarlett thought that she had a shot her love Ashley. She was surprised to know that Ashley didn’t love her but only loved his wife Melanie who now dead. She was so sad and it didn’t take her long to figure out that the only person who ever loved her was Rhett Butler. But when she went to him, she was surprised to know that he was tired of waiting for her love and also he had just lost his beloved daughter Bonnie whom he had substituted with Scarlett as the most important thing in his heart.
So there was Scarlett. All life she had loved a man whom didn’t love her. She had loved Ashley Wilkes, and thrice she destroyed her marriages for his sakes, all in the name of love. A love that didn’t exist, a love that she created herself and never got t enjoy her creation not even a bit, what a waste it was. Margaret Mitchel was a genius author and I was so sorry when I read gone with the wind for the second time, I will never be able to read it for as the second time, only a third, maybe.
2. Gone with the wind is rather a large and complex book with different character that is worth identifying and naming. But the main characters that I mostly identify are Scarlett O’Hara the beautiful, cunning, crafty and the farsighted, Rhett Butler the arrogant and the wealthy. Also Melanie and Ashley were wildly mentioned in the story but not as much as Scarlett and Rhett Butler .
2b. I identify most with Scarlett O’ Hara and Rhett Butler as they have something I believe I have. Both Scarlett are hard workers. They both make ends meet to achieve what they want. Also to, they both don’t cares, which I find fascinating, because sometimes, I feel like the biggest don’t care in the world. You might not understand what I am talking about, here is a look of both the characters from the book.
vScarlett O’Hara: ‘you miss, are no lady) said Rhett Butler to Scarlett. (Pg. 122) ‘I am a monster of selfishness’ said Scarlett O’Hara. (Pg. 584). She is the main character overall. Almost every beau in the county is in love with her at the beginning and every girl hate her for that Although she is madly in love with Ashley Wilkes who doesn’t really lover her, she marries Charles Hamilton just to make Ashley Wilkes feel jealous. She then becomes a widow within two weeks after Charles is killed in the war (pg129). Being a widow doesn’t mean she a mourner because she didn’t really love Charles. All she cares about is the love of her life Ashley Wilkes. Scarlett faces major difficulties when the Yankees make their way to Atlanta and she has to escape back to her farm Tara. With only one horse, and a mechanically bogus carriage and three children, sick Melanie and herself, she travels ten of miles until she riches Tara. (pg. 383) at Tara she finds that her heroic mother figure is dead and her father has gone crazy.
Other struggles of Scarlett include when the Yankees tries to kick her family out of Tara due to unpaid tax and she had to leave for Atlanta to look for money from the rich Rhett Butler only to find that he is in prison. She secretly schemes to cheat and marry her sister Suellen beaux, Frank Kennedy, so that she can get the tax money from him. She succeeds and becomes Mrs. Kennedy. She really bullies Frank Kennedy and make him look less than man especially when she buy and starts managing the sawmills. Fortunately for her, Frank is shot during a KKK meeting. After being widow for a while, she marries Rhett Butler who loved her so much and gave anything that he wanted. But the only problem is, she couldn’t love him because she was still in love with Ashley Wilkes. By the time she realizes Ashley couldn’t love her, and that she was in love with Rhett Butler, it was too late because Rhett was tired of waiting for her love and he had just lost his most favorite daughter. Her favorite phrase was ‘God Nightgown’
vRhett Butler: ‘You are no gentleman” said Scarlett to Rhett. (pg.122). Nobody including his family could receive Rhett Butler to their homes before the civil war. He was an outcast in his hometown Charleston because he disgraced a girl and refused to marry. But the thing was, Rhett Butler didn’t care what other thought of him. Other people’s opinion didn’t move him. When he saw Scarlett at the Wilkes’ barbecue, he instantly fell in love with her and told himself the day he was going to marry her it would be his lucky day. During the civil war, the Yankees did not allow the Confederacy to trade with the Europeans or any other part of the world through the port of New York City. It was know as the famous Blockade. Then Rhett Butler a wise and corrupted man; made a pact with the Yankees, in that they would sell him goods of all kind. He then go to the confederate, tell them how hard it was to run the blockade, which he actually didn’t and sell his goods to them at double price. The somehow people found out it.
3. Gone with the wind would not have been such a big success if it weren’t set during the American civil war. Don’t get me wrong here. I am not trying to imply that the book is a historical record of the civil war. It is a love story. At the before the civil war, we meet Stuart and Brent Tarleton who are both madly in love with Scarlett and who believe that one of them is going to marry her (pg. 4). We also meet Ashley Wilkes who is planning to marry his cousin Melanie Wilkes. The O’Hara sisters, Suellen who is in love with Frank Kennedy, Careen who is in love with Brent Tarleton who by the way is in love with Scarlett. There many other young people that I will not mention who had sweet hearts and were planning to get married. Then came the news that the war was going to start with a few days and that all the young men available were to leave and join the army. This meant the young sweethearts were either to get married before the men left for the war or there could wait until the war was over. Well some couple got married other decided to wait.
The example I have in mind is when Scarlett O’Hara married Charles Hamilton but when Charles left for the war, he died within less than two weeks. (Pg. 129) If Charles happened to live, then we would have no story because Scarlett wouldn’t have the freedom to marry other men, which she did and made the story deserve to be read at a sitting. The setting made the story more real, entertaining and worth reading. It was a love story because young girls got to lose their sweethearts in the war and then the author would show us how they got to survive, get other lovers and so on. if the story was set on other setting such as the modern times, let say the year 2003 instead of 1861-5, it wouldn’t be such a successful love story because nothing of much significant has happened that affects young sweethearts apart from STDs which don’t mostly affect true and faithful lovers.
If the story were set maybe in the middle ages or the renaissance, it would have been quite a boring book to read. Most people don’t want to read how the plague affected young lovers, and there wasn’t romantic love didn’t exists as wildly as it did in the 19th century. But on the other it would be a more interesting love story if it was set during the time of chivalry and brave knights and so on. Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe was a huge success as a romantic story and so was the Alexander Dumas’s The three Musketeer set during 1665 during the reign of Louis the just or the 8th. But none can, or is near the Margaret Mitchel Gone with the wind! What a pity.
4. This is a huge book with almost tens of conflicts and I shall try to get the major conflicts.
vThey is an inner conflict between the Tarletons twins, as they are both deeply in love with Scarlett, but they are not sure among them whom she is going to choose among them, then they are surprised out of their wits when she chooses the timid and shy Charles Hamilton
vThere is a general conflict between the union and the Confederacy as the Union refuses to recognize it as a free state. This leads to the civil war, which is the general setting of the great novel.
vAshley has an inner conflict whether he loves Scarlett or not which leads to the biggest conflict in the book which is:
vThere are other smaller conflicts, which I would take hours and tens of pages to name and analyze, so I will just, move to the major conflict.
vScarlett is madly in love with Ashley Wilkes who finds it difficult to make it clear to her that he is only in love with his cousin Melanie and is only attracted to Scarlett because of her beauty (pg.118). This end up causing much problem to Scarlett because she end up marrying men she didn’t love. Married Frank Kennedy just to save Tara form being taken away by the Yankees because of the taxes, where by the way Ashley and his family were taking refuge. She also marries Rhett Butler whom she didn’t love because she was tired of waiting for Ashley’s love. And then, Ashley’s wife Melanie dies during childbirth and Scarlett know that she has her chance to marry love of her life, but she gets the surprise of her lifetime,
v”‘What you have gone through…Oh Ashley, you should have known, years ago, that you loved her and not me! Why didn’t you! Everything would have been so different, so-Oh you should have and not kept me dangling with all your talk about honor and sacrifice! If you told me long me, years ago, I’d have–It would have killed me but I would have it somehow. But you wait till now, till Melly dying, to find it out and now it is too late to do anything…You should have seen so clearly that you wanted me like–like Rhett that Watling woman!'” said Scarlett to Ashley (pg.1002)
vJesus Reaction!–Throughout the book, we see that Scarlett is driven to do most of the thing she does because of the love she has for Ashley. She marries Charles to make Ashley feel jealous, she marries Frank Kennedy to save Tara where Ashley was residing. She even makes him a manager of one of her mills so that she can stay closer to him. Ashley on the other is attracted physically to Scarlett but he isn’t sure whether he she for her. Both of this people are married. What they did, according to Jesus, they Committed Adultery! Matthew 5:27-29 says (Jesus) ‘but now I tell you: anyone who looks at a woman and wants to posses to her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart!’ So, both Scarlett and Ashley committed adultery and according to Jesus, Matthew 5:29-30 ‘so if you right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away!…It is better than you to lose apart of your body than to go to hell!’ How I get is, Jesus would have advised to stop what they, to tell to show them that they were committing sins in the eyes of our God the creator. He then would have given time to redeem himself and if it didn’t work, he would declare them sinners and St. Paul said that the reward of sins is death! And so did Jesus, but he wouldn’t be that harsh, he is and was Jesus Christ!