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Summary: Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind -winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time-has been heralded by readers everywhere as The Great American Novel. Widely considered The Great American Novel, and often remembered for its epic film version, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction. This is the tale of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind , Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.
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Headstrong; narcissistic; determined to survive the hardship of the Civil War by picking cotton and rebuilding her father's Tara plantation, successful businesswoman who capitalizes on the struggle to rebuild the South; owns a saw mill; passionately in love with Ashley; married Melanie's brother who died in the war; married three times; lost Rhett due to her persistence to win Ashley over.
Honorable; handsome; chivalrous; becomes sad after the war; regrets not marrying Scarlett; committed to Southern tradition; represent the Old South; can't adjust to the postwar South.
Melanie Hamilton Wilkes
Thrown out of West Point and his aristocratic family; goes after what he wants; earns his fortune through gambling, wartime blockade-running, and food speculation; hated by southern aristocrats; nostalgic about the traditions of the Old South; opportunistic; joins the Confederate army; in love with Scarlett.