Gone With The Wind A Bildungsroman Feminism Analysis

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Scarlett O’Hara: Southern belle or feminist heroine? Pre-war: Characterization of Scarlett Many would perhaps see Gone with the wind a bildungsroman as we get to read about how Scarlett changes and develops. At the beginning we get to meet a vibrant and selfish 16-year-old southern belle who has all the boys attention, although she can be a bit rude at times. It is apparent that all Scarlett wants to achieve in her life is to marry the dashing Mr Ashley Wilkes from a neighbouring plantation. And then she wants to become a respectable southern woman like her mother and carry on the traditions of the south. But since the story turns out quite differently we get to see a different side of Scarlett as she does what she redeems at necessary to win back Ashley. As we follow the story of Scarlett we can see that as the war progresses she is showing us more her true self. When…show more content…
Is she dependent on them? For nearly the whole film she pines for her one and only Ashley, which does not seem like the feminist thing to do. All the things she does in the beginning are to either irritate Ashley or to get him to marry her. Furthermore, the main theme in this film is not Scarlett’s development in the film, but her love story. Her undying love for Ashley One of the films most recurring themes is the undying love Scarlett has for another protagonist Ashley Wilkes. Her first disappointment in her otherwise trouble-free life is when she hears that Ashley is going to marry his cousin Melanie Hamilton, a person that Scarlett despises. She gets him alone and confesses her love for him, and Ashley actually feels the same way but he knows that they do not fit together. He says to her “You have all the passion for life that I lack. But that kind of love isn 't enough to make a successful marriage for two people who are as different as we are.” And so he marries
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