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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

People often view classic books as boring and filled with lessons that cannot be applied to the modern world. “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell is a book about civil war, murder, death, slavery, starvation, and cruelty. The protagonist, Scarlett O’Hara, is a Southern belle, used to living a privileged life at Tara, her beloved family home. The book focuses on the optimism and courage of Scarlett as she deals with heartbreak and the struggles of war. Scarlett’s personality became evident after she returned to Tara. She mourns the loss of her mother and their property for only a day before taking on the authority of being the only person in the household with hope for the future. Although Scarlett’s morals are questionable at times, the story was more interesting because she was not a person with perfect morals, but instead a character who will do anything to survive during hard times. In Gone With the Wind, Mitchell explores the nature of human resilience through Scarlett, showing us that hopefulness will get you through the toughest times. The author writes about survival and hope with skillful diction that painted pictures of the emotional scenes in my mind. Mitchell also created a wide-cast of well-developed and “real” characters that let me feel emotions whenever something happened to them. She writes the story of Scarlett in a way that I was not bored while I was reading any of the 1,037 pages in the book. Gone With the Wind teaches a lesson that can be applied to the 21st century. Rhett Butler, the man Scarlett realizes she loves at the very end of the book, points out that, “The nicest people in town are starving.” In the book, it is the people who abandon their past for the possibilities of the future who are surviving. Although I agree with Scarlett’s philosophy of being hopeful during the toughest times to succeed, I don’t think that abandoning her past entirely was necessary. Overall, Gone With the Wind is a lengthy, but entertaining book that is not lacking suspense and drama, and definitely teaches us all a valuable lesson. It is an entertaining page-turner, and I guarantee that while you are going through conflicts of your own, you will remember just as well as Scarlett does that, “tomorrow is another day.”

Reviewed by Angela Li