Gone With the Wind
The book written by the American author Margaret Mitchell unfolds the amazing love story of “ruthless Scarlett O’Hara and dashing soldier of fortune Rhett Butler” amidst the set up of American Civil War.
Scarlett is secretly in love with Ashley Wilkes who is to get married to Melanie. O’Haras throw a barbeque to entertain there nighbours and Scarlett wants to reveal her love to Ashley. However, Ashley makes his intentions clear to Scarlett by telling her that Scarlett’s love is one sided and he would be marrying Melanie. And when Ashley leaves the room, Scarlett throws a vase across the room in anger. Rhett Butler is watching the emotional fury of Scarlett. Rhett Butler, wealthy outcast from high society is immediately attracted towards Scarlett.
Scarlett is totally heartbroken but to prove herself she gets married to Charles, Melanie’s brother. Charles joins the Rebel army and dies of pneumonia, leaving Scarlett a pregnant widow. Now Scarlett goes to Atlanta and lives with Melanie, who considers Scarlett as her sister. Scarett hates Melanie as she is the woman who has stolen her dream man, Ashley. In Atlanta, Scarlett comes across the hardships of war. It becomes difficult to even survive. Even Ashley joins the war knowing fully well that south was sure to lose. Margaret Mitchell through the conversation of Rhett and Scarlett brings out the bitter reality of what a war does to a nation and to its masses. Ashley tells Scarlett that they have to fight, fight for their false pride. Rhett Butler on the other hand finds this the best time to earn money. He turns quite rich out of the contingency by running the business with Yankees.
The situation turns quite adverse and the time comes when the Scarlett’s family is on the verge of starving. Now comes in picture the new Scarlett, who is strong willed and never ready to lose. She cultivates the fields with her own bare hand to yield some crops. She desperately needs money to save her dwelling home Tara from the taxes imposed by the new government. The only man that could help her is Rhett Butler who is in jail.
Scarlett tries her feminine charm to lure Rhett.
She makes a new dress of green curtains to impress him and even pinches her cheeks to make them rosy just before she meets Rhett. But Rhett Butler is Rhett Butler. He very well understands the tactics of Scarlett. Scarlett now seduces Frank Kennedy, who is the beau of Sullen,
Scarlett’s sister. But Scarlett is very rigid to save Tara, may what come and marries the old Frank Kennedy. He dies in the attack by The Ku Klux Klan. She uses his money to pay the taxes.
Finally the war gets over and she marries Rhett. Rhett loves Scarlett very much and showers all the riches of the world on her. He is also aware of the fact that Scarlett uses love as a tool to manipulate people and hurt them and hence, he makes sure not to bow in front of her. Even after her marriage to Rhett, Scarlett could not get overt Ashley and fantasizes that Rhett is Ashley. Rhett showers all his love on his and Scarlett’s daughter, Bonnie. Bonnie dies in an accident, where she falls from her pony and Rhett is totally lost. Scarlett is too busy to notice Rhett.
Melanie dies in childbirth. Scarlett now realizes that Melanie was the real pillar of strength. She consoles Ashley and at this point of time she realizes that she had never been in love with him. She now wants to return to her Rhett, but alas, it is too late now.
But Scarlett does not lose hope and assures herself that one day she will get him back. She says to herself that “to-morrow is another day.”
Gone with the wind is the classic love story, which is very well interwoven with American civil war. It shows the journey of a headstrong immature to come at par with the harsh realities of life. On the other hand, it also depicts the struggle of natives in the pre and post war south.