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Literary Review of Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell.

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Ansser Sadiq August 27, 2006 AP English Literary Review Could it be possible for a young girl, with no prior experience, to run a farm with virtually no help whatsoever? Would she be successful in her endeavors, or would her world truly collapse due to the war raging around her? Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, portrays the trials and tribulations of young Scarlett O'Hara, as she struggles to come to terms with life during the American Civil War. One discovers how circumstances transform even the most lighthearted and carefree into hardheaded, persevering individuals. Scarlett O'Hara may have started of as a free spirited, beautiful young girl, yet the responsibility and troubles that the war brought upon her left behind a bitter, cynical woman. Prior to the Civil War, Scarlett O'Hara enjoyed a relatively comfortable life, attending parties, dinners, and the being in the constant company of adoring young boys. ...read more.


During this time, Scarlett O'Hara developed a sense of tenacity and perseverance that had never before existed within her personality. The same girl, who used to have a slave dress her up and feed her, now had to take care of everything on her own. O'Hara had to grow up, or fail, and she did so in no time. The Civil War altered the scope of thought for all southerners. Their lives were transformed and entire communities were ravaged by attacks from the Yankees, who looted and plundered wherever they could. Families were harassed, and items were stolen from their farms as well. Scarlett O'Hara witnessed a similar situation, when Yankee officers came towards her farm and demanded all her food produce, as well as when the same Yankees attacked a nearby city she had been staying at. Somehow, O'Hara managed to survive both situations, and keep her family alive. ...read more.


Nothing else mattered to Scarlett O'Hara, and that was a direct result of the experiences she had during her life. All in all, one realizes how the events Scarlett O'Hara experienced during her life shaped her personality. While she had been a young girl, oblivious to the goings on in the real world, she had dared to dream about her future. However, the Civil War tarnished those dreams, and broke the personality of that young, dreaming girl. The plight her family faced left Scarlett O'Hara with no choice but to work as hard as she physically could, and make a life for her family. She succeeded in doing so, yet her personality was forever altered. The dreams of yesteryear were gone, and there was no love or compassion left in her heart. The harsh realities of life and the turmoil she had witnessed around her had left Scarlett with nothing but bitterness and pragmatism. The traumatic experiences of her life shaped her personality completely. ...read more.

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