It is difficult to call the novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell a women’s book, because of the theme of the Civil War and the purely male sketches. However, the heroine Scarlett O’Hara is seen by readers as a wayward beauty with glowing green eyes in her favorite estate of Tara. Historians either present a prewar slave system with its elite in an exceptionally black light, or give feminist traits to the character.
Undoubtedly, in the novel the South is drawn very sentimentally, and Mitchell herself acknowledged her effort not in historical accuracy, but in the exciting content. Regional history embodies a national tragedy, and the fate of the residents of Atlanta and Tara embodies the plight of the whole South. In addition, the suffering of the woman and her fate is intertwined with the history of the Confederation. Fire in Atlanta and devastation of Tara symbolize the destruction of the Old South. Already during Reconstruction, along with Atlanta, which rose from the ashes, a new way of life is being rebuilt, along with a new life of Scarlett.
Mitchell’s heroine is the real villain of the classic novel, set against a worthy and virtuous Melanie Wilkes. And yet Scarlet has become a favorite of character of Americans and Europeans. Spoiled and willful daughter of a planter from the South, confident in her irresistibility, Scarlet, could have lived a life of a true lady, attend dances and go on the hunt, do farm plantation, and break the hearts of all men who inadvertently looked into her green eyes, but all this did not come true: the civil war began in 1861 between North and South. This war, which destroyed slavery in the southern states, and destroyed the culture of the South, focused on the aristocracy, tradition, and worship of the lady. The Yankees came from the north not possessing anything except audacity, passion for wealth, and unbearable vulgarity.
But to the heroine of Gone with the Wind, war made it possible to realize a hidden and unknown strength and show her character to the end. It turned out that a gentle lady, coquettish and capricious, has the courage, the will of steel, and vitality many brave men can envy.
Scarlet survived the terrible night of Atlanta fall, when she had to get out of the burning city, and she vowed that she would never starve again, even if she had to steal and kill. She helped to survive those who were close to her, even though the means used to achieve the goal sometimes were not worthy.
Scarlet not always behaved like a lady, but she did not care. Her force, vital acumen, determination, and unwillingness to admit defeat made Scarlet a national heroine of America.
It is difficult to call the novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell a women’s book, because of the theme of the Civil War and the purely male sketches. However, the heroine Scarlett O’Hara is seen by readers as a wayward beauty with glowing green eyes in her favorite estate of Tara.