My Review of​ Gone With the Wind

My Review of​ Gone With the Wind

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God’s Nightgown! In 1936 Margret Mitchell publishes the epic war romance tale of the south in America during the civil war.  It was a trailblazer that took over the country. It sold 28,000,000 copies across the globe. The book was filled with passion, romance, and tears. There’s not a single boring moment in the book and you’ll be absorbed in Mitchell elegant and yet simple writing. It’s a wonderful read. The book came so popularly that year the very next to the motion picture made to the screen featuring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, and Olivia de Havilland. The film became equally popular as the book.

The story revolves around the life of Scarlett O’Hara a young rich naive daughter of a plantation owner. She is so used to living a certain life when the civil war Scarlet life just turns upside down. We the reader witness the struggles and trials that Scarlett has to endure from the start to the end of the civil war. She shed herself from the old southern ways into a new era in order to keep stability in her life. We get to also learn about an important moment in American history.

Scarlet O’Hara is probably the meanest, ignorant, and greediest character out in literary history. She’s the type of character who is very mean, but you love her because she is so mean. She will lie, cheat, and steal to get what she wants. She uses people even people who are kind to her like Melonie her only “friend” through the whole book until she dies at the end. Her heart is black especially as you progress through the book. The way she reacted and spoke when shot and killed that Union soldier sounded almost psychopathic. I know after everything she been through she has all the rights to be angry and stressed, but my god she pressed her heel of her shoe into the bullet wound that killed him. In the beginning, she was a dumb kid trying to get the boy she like attention and then towards the end she becomes cold, sad, broken, and alone, but that seems more like a justice considering how terrible of a person she was to deal with. I did like this book though it’s not my favorite. I will give Scarlet this she is independent and can take of self and her people, but that’s not saying much.

Marget Mitchel somehow made me feel bad for Scarlet and those fighting for the cause a word that is used a lot in the book cause and darkies. With proper wording, Mitchell illustrated the landscape, the people, and those peoples feeling that you would weep for them, but their pro-slavery so sympathy has limits. How Mitchel new how to paint a pretty picture inside your head and feel heartbroken. This woman could describe a flies butt crack and you would still weep that how good she is. She made for a second feel bad for one of the characters who later join the KKK. She uses simple phrases in eloquence you can feel every bit of desire coming from every single world. The heat was pouring from the pages.  It would make sense if the book had passion and desire since it was war, romance, and survival.

Now when the book was published there were issues with the book. For one thing, people said that Mitchell over romanticises the civil war saying she glorified what went down. There was also the most obvious one the racism. Mitchell kind of made it sound that slavery was not all that bad for Africans making it sound like fantasy wonderland. Where the slaves were happy and everything was alright in the world. There was also weird tone shifts one moment Scarlet would say something racist then sound like a  feminist. One minute she’ll say  Someone should whip those blackies until their back bleed to Why can’t a woman speak her mind?, I’m paraphrasing a little, but it would not surprise me if that was a literal quote. There were a lot of parts of that book that uncountable.  I know that’s how they talked back then, I knew what I was getting myself to when I started the book, but I can’t control how I felt.

Anyway like I said I enjoyed the book it was a terrific read I could not put it down. Thank you. Goodbye.

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