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GONE WITH THE WIND LITERARY ANALYSIS
Pride and courage born of character rather than money and therefore able to function as a pillar of support for other people.
Title - Gone With the Wind
Author - Margaret Mitchell
Date Published - 1936
Meaning of the Title - Taken from an Ernest Dowson poem, "Cynara".
She chose the line because: "it had the far away, faintly sad sound
Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine;
And I was desolate and sick of an old passion, Yea, I was desolate and bowed my head: I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.
All night upon mine heart I felt her warm heart beat, Night-long within mine arms in love and sleep she lay; Surely the kisses of her bought red mouth were sweet; But I was desolate and sick of an old passion, When I awoke and found the dawn was gray: I have been faithful to you, Cynara! in my fashion.
I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind,
Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng, Dancing, to put thy pale, lost lilies out of mind; But I was desolate and sick of an old passion, Yea, all the time, because the dance was long;
I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.
I cried for madder music and for stronger wine, But when the feast is finished
and the lamps expire, Then falls thy shadow, Cynara! the night is thine;
And I am desolate and sick of an old passion, Yea, hungry for the lips
of my desire: I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion. Ernest
Setting - Atlanta, Georgia during the Civil War period; Tara, a plantation
Genre - Novel (Romance, Historical Fiction)
Narrator - Anonymous, third person omniscient.
Protagonist - Scarlett O'Hara
Antagonist - The society of Atlanta and Rhett Butler
Mood - Sympathetic
Point of View - Mainly omniscient following Scarlett's perspective,
but switches to following the other characters where necessary. Historical
sections are in an objective third point, clearly the voice of the narrator
as she explains things the characters would not have known.
Tense - The story is told in the past tense.
Primary Conflict - Scarlett vs. Society; Scarlett vs. Rhett
Rising Action - Scarlett is in love with Ashley, She marries Rhett.
Climax - Rhett thinks that Scarlett is still chasing Ashley. They sleep
together a last time resulting in a pregnancy and miscarriage.
Outcome - Little Bonnie dies after falling from her pony. He returns
to his former drinking habits. Rhett gives up on Scarlett thinking she
will return to Ashley, He leaves her. Scarlett returns to Tara and from
there she'll try to figure out a way to get him back.
Falling Action - Bonnie dies; Melanie dies; Scarlett has a miscarriage;
Rhett gives up on Scarlett while Scarlett realizes she loves Rhett, not
Major Themes - Love of Money, Fantasy
versus reality, Loss and Change, Survival.
Minor Themes - Attitudes toward slavery, Idealism of the south, Poverty
and dignity, Oppression of women.
Symbols/Motifs - The lumber mills, Tara, Aunt Pittypat's house, Ashley
and Rhett, Mammy, Pork and Old Sam, Scarlett and Melanie.
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