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The Characters of "Gone With The Wind" -1

Updated on May 8, 2013

"Gone With The Wind" - A Classic Historic Story & Film


It would be difficult to find many people, at least on this continent, who've not seen this all-time classic film, based on a historic novel by Margaret Mitchell, about the passing of "The Old South" and all it involved in the history of the USA.

The film has been restored and digitally updated from its 1939 original and is now available on DVD, so it's cross-generational. It depicts a time in our history when the shame of slavery was critical to the agricultural economy of Southern States: (i.e.) South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. They had determined that continuing their system was necessary for them, and that would require their secession from the Union. They went off to war confidently; returned beaten. Results of the war were disastrous for the Old South, which became humbled and literally "Gone With The Wind" following that brutal war. With it, though, the bonds of slavery began to be removed, with Lincoln's freeing of ALL people in this country.

Hub Author's Note

This began as mere touching upon the dramatic characters of this classic film and novel with which I've been familiar almost all my life, and all of its life. I intended when I embarked on this, simply to present the characters and to inquire how each of us relates to them. However, there was no good way to describe them without showcasing them among some of their own actions and interactions, so that it grew into a larger-than-intended hub, even requiring splitting it into two "acts", like the 4-hour movie itself.

The result is highly summarized, of course. Some of you will notice what is omitted. Others will be amazed at what is included. My hope is that it is vivid enough to enable the reader to feel genuine stirrings of understanding of these fellow human-types, perhaps 'knowing' these colorful ones of our American 19th century (if you don't already know them), and in so doing, better understand that era of it. Like me, you may recognize common humanness they each illustrate so intensely as to be drawn to attempt this challenge.

In any case, I've enjoyed the project immensely. My hope is that you will, too!

(You may want a box of popcorn to have with it!)

Scarlett at Tara

Setting of the Story

The background of the film, set in Georgia, is the growing determination within these states to secede from the Union (The United States) and form their own separate Confederacy, in order to keep their way of life, especially owning of slaves. This would mean declaring their intention, requiring going to war with the rest of the United State, resulting in the infamous Civil war of 1861-1865. The outcome was in favor of the Union, under the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, and the preservation of the United States was maintained, at huge cost of lives during the war and disruption of life in the Southern states as they'd known it in the aftermath. Mother had uncles who fought on the side of the Union. Feelings were so strong in many places that they remain raw to this day. Even after living in Texas from the 1920s till their deaths in the 1970s, my parents were still viewed as 'damnyankees'.

The story takes us through the days leading to the declaration and start of the Civil War, through it and into the difficult times in a war-torn South which followed.


The Main Characters

The 1939 Movie Trailer

Overview - Characterizations


This film is a "close-up" perspective of the mood of the times and the people. It's fascinating how their personalities, while bred of the times, are universally individually human, lending great interest as a study of humans in their environments. I was inspired to examine them further.

I'm no professional in human behavior, but it would be difficult to avoid noticing it playing out in this film!


~Each Main Character~

Acted by Clark Gable
Acted by Clark Gable

Rhett Butler

Rhett is the consummate Alpha Male. He's self-assured, elegant, inconoclastic, unflappable, charming in a dangerous sort of way, does things his own way. His female distraction in the form of Belle Watling, is a good-hearted madame of her own men's club, but he's attracted to Scarlett's fiestiness, while scorning her coy 'southern belle' flirtiness. He has great regard for Melanie's true-blue character and for Mammy's wisdom. Though he's from a good southern family, he disdains rules of society, - until he has a daughter, Bonnie, whom he adores and considers a mini-Scarlett before life made her hard, so that he cowtows to the doyennes to be sure Bonnie will be accepted by society.

Acted by Vivien Leigh
Acted by Vivien Leigh

Scarlett O'Hara

Scarlett is the beautiful, charming southern belle. She's disarmingly coy and flirtatious, shrewd, scheming, fearless, self-indulgent, tireless in pursuit of what she wants, lacking compassion for how it may impact others. She fancies herself madly in love with Ashley Wilkes, who is so opposite her character as to be ludicrous. He realizes it and resists her advances; she won't relinquish her pursuit, no matter what.

Scarlett's Many Faces and Dresses

Acted by Olivia de Havilland
Acted by Olivia de Havilland

Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is so sweet and good that she can see no evil in anyone else. She is Ashley's first cousin. Being of the same gentle breeding, they share mutual total understanding when they marry. In their family, cousins usually intermarry. The War has just begun and immediately he's assigned command of a military unit, though he knows that war is not an answer to human problems. Charles Hamilton is tentatively promised to Ashley's sister, India, But Scarlett agrees to marry him before he goes to War and to die.

Melanie's Gentleness

Acted by Leslie Howard
Acted by Leslie Howard

Ashley Wilkes

Ashley is a philosophical, quiet, thinking, principled, very good man. He's wants nothing more than to live gracefully forever on Twelve Oaks, his plantation home. Having no quarrel with anyone, much less, any enthusiasm for the War, he goes reluctantly; but it's his duty to go when summoned, so he complies. He resists Scarlett's pursuit in her youthful enthusiasm, assuring her they'd never work out and that he's going to marry Melanie, who fits him. Scarlett's furious at him, continuing to plot to tempt him. Spirit is strong, but at times, body is weak.

Ashley's Gentlemanliness

Other Characters

Scarlett's Family

The Family Characters

Gerald O'Hara is a proud landowner, with the Irish love of the land and of horses. He and his wife call each other Mr. O'Hara and Mrs. O'Hara. When faced with a problem, his most frequent response is, "Let's ask Mrs. O'Hara," because she can usually resolve it easily. He indulges his daughters, especially 'Katy Scarlett', while Ellen O'Hara is ever the gracious lady who generously sees and administers to those in need, including the likes of 'white trash' Emmie Slattery each time she gets pregnant by Tara foreman, Jonas Wilkerson. The last time, the baby died in birth, and Mrs. O'Hara quietly recommended to Mr. O'Hara that the man be dismissed.

Suellen is next-eldest sister and is jealous of Scarlett. She's engaged to Frank Kennedy, who's a bit older, and not yet financially able to ask for her hand. The youngest sister, Careen, is kind and gentle, always trying to make peace and encourage harmony within their somewhat tumultuous family.

Aunt Pittipat lives in Atlanta and is a flustered 19th century member of a 'first family' of the social register, a maven who lacks conviction so that she shudders and reaches for her smelling-salts if any of her kinfolks do anything likely to be thought amiss, which Scarlett is prone to do.

Mammy was Scarlett's nanny from birth and has tried to be her conscience as she grew up, though her authority is merely as a servant, though her logic and common sense can be irresistible to her charge - but not always, unfortunately. She follows Scarlett into some of her silliest escapades and is with her throughout her 3rd marriage and motherhood.


Ellen Whispers to Gerald About Wilkerson and Emmie Slattery

She says they must let Wilkerson, their foreman, go.
She says they must let Wilkerson, their foreman, go.

Scarlett's Men

Scarlett surrounded by eager admirers, all begging to fetch her some food @ Twelve Oaks picnic.  She chooses Charles Hamilton, making him fall even more in love with her.  But she sees Ashley & Melanie walking in the garden & loses her appetite.
Scarlett surrounded by eager admirers, all begging to fetch her some food @ Twelve Oaks picnic. She chooses Charles Hamilton, making him fall even more in love with her. But she sees Ashley & Melanie walking in the garden & loses her appetite.
Charles' proposal & Scarlett's  reluctant acceptance, watching Askey and Melanie out of the window..
Charles' proposal & Scarlett's reluctant acceptance, watching Askey and Melanie out of the window..

Scarlett's Admirers & a First Husband Going off to War

The Tarleton twins follow Scarlett like puppy-dogs, as she leads them around to do her bidding. But they're both eager to go to war, and both lose their lives in it.

Ashley's - Melanie's wedding, rushed by the declaration of the war, and overhearing girls talking about her, saying that she's the kind of girl men flirt with, but not the kind they marry, crushes Scarlett so that when Charles Hamilton, Melanie's brother who was 'intended' for India Wilkes, professes his undying love and asks Scarlett to marry him, she agrees.

Ever the opportunist, she sees his proposal as a means to establish her firm position in society and to punish Ashley. She insists to Charles that they also must marry before he goes to the war. They're married the day after Ashley and Melanie say their vows. Scarlett's bitter tears for Ashley are mistaken by Charles as being for him because he's leaving to go to fight, so he comforts her with reassurance that he'll be back to her soon. But he's a military casualty, due to pneumonia, making Scarlett a very young widow. Of course, Scarlett's concern was never for him.

Scarlett in Mourning, in Atlanta and in Tribulation

Widowhood, having to wear black and missing the social swim depresse Scarlett, causing her mother to try to cheer her by offering her a visit somewhere, such as Savannah. But Scarlett can think of nothing appealing about visiting there. But when Ellen suggests Atlanta, where she could stay with Aunt Pittypat and visit with Melanie, Scarlett's spirits brighten; she jumps at the chance, while Mammy is duly concerned, reading Scarlett like an open book and knowing she's thinking she'll be there if Ashley gets a leave or returns for good!

In spite of Mammy's disapproval, Ellen makes the arrangements for Scarlett to go to Atlanta and sends languorous young Prissy along as her personal attendant.


She gets a chance to kick up her rebellious heels, in spite of witdowhood!
She gets a chance to kick up her rebellious heels, in spite of witdowhood!

ATLANTA ↔

At a function to raise money for the Confederacy, where she's working a booth, Scarlett is approached by Rhett, making amused snide remarks about her widowhood, knowing her feelings for Ashley. Scarlett makes no effort to disguise her annoyance with him, until for an auction to raise money for the hospital, gentlemen were asked to bid to dance with the ladies of their choice. Rhett bids $100 in gold coins to dance with Mrs. Charles Hamilton.

Dr. Meade, in charge of the auction, reminds him that she is in mourning and assures him that that Mrs. Hamilton won't consider it, but she shouts out that she will, defying social convention, and dancing the Virginia Reel and all the rest of the evening's dances!


The War Begins To Turn Against Them

The dead and dying Confederate soldiers.
The dead and dying Confederate soldiers.
Scarlett flees the hospital; gets a ride with Rhett.
Scarlett flees the hospital; gets a ride with Rhett.

↔ UNION's GENERAL SHERMAN's ARMY APPROACHES ATLANTA ↔

The whole world seems to darken with the Union army nearing Atlanta. As the wounded are carted & carried into the city, Scarlett and Melanie are enlisted to help short-handed Dr. Meade in attending to them with limited supplies. Melanie is always thinking that it is what she would hope some woman up north would do for her Ashley, but she is pregant and must retreat to bed.

Finally Scarlett becomes so sickened by the sight of suffering and dying, that she can bear it no more, tears off her apron and rushes out of the make-shift hospital into the street, where Rhett gives her a lift in his rig to 'Aunt Pitty's', who is packed to leave town as they arrive, begging Scarlett to go with her.



She remembers her promise to Ashley, and cannot leave Melanie, finding her time to birth her baby is imminent. Prissy lies to Dr. Meade that she knows all about it, since he can't leave the wounded to come to Melanie's aide, but Scarlett counts on it. Of course, it comes out all too soon so that Scarlett must simply make-do and deliver Ashley's baby boy herself, with only scant help from Prissy.

Pittipat leaving, offers to take Scarlett with her, but Scarlett can't desert Melanie.
Pittipat leaving, offers to take Scarlett with her, but Scarlett can't desert Melanie.
Their wagon passes close to the burning ammo, with sparks flying which could set off an explosion if it reaches the railroad cars. Rhett must wrap the horse's eyes with Scarlett's shawl to get him to pull them through this inferno!
Their wagon passes close to the burning ammo, with sparks flying which could set off an explosion if it reaches the railroad cars. Rhett must wrap the horse's eyes with Scarlett's shawl to get him to pull them through this inferno!
Rhett stops the wagon, telling Scarlett that he's going to join the army, leaving her to fend for herself, Melanie, the baby and Prissy.
Rhett stops the wagon, telling Scarlett that he's going to join the army, leaving her to fend for herself, Melanie, the baby and Prissy.

↔ SCARLETT FLEES ↔

After the birth, she is desperate to escape. She sends Prissy to fetch Rhett from Belle Watley's bordello to come take her home to Tara and her mother. Since she'd promised Ashley to watch after Melanie, she must take her and her newborn along. Rhett acquires a wagon and a horse to drive them through the disaster of burning ammo reserves which are being destroyed to prevent the Union army from seizing them. They manage to get out of town, but soon away from the glow of Altanta's burning, he abandons them on the way, saying he's going to join the Confederate army because he always like to champion lost causes.

Mercifully, Melanie has fainted in the back of the wagon with her baby and Prissy, while aghast, Scarlett must proceed on without Rhett. She finds Twelve Oaks leveled and John Wilkes' tombstone. They rescue a milk cow, which will provide milk for the baby; they proceed on to Tara, where the horse keels over. But the old mansion is still standing but having been ram-sacked by the Yankees and used as their HQ, robbing it of all its valuables.

Her father has dementia and her mother has died of typhoid fever, caught, Mammy said, after she nursed Emmie Slattery once again.

The awful reality takes hold of Scarlett. Only Mammy and Pork, loyal house-servants, remain of all Tara's slaves. Mammy gets Melanie and the baby settled upstairs while Scarlett tries to assess the damage and decide what she must do. Her father's solutions are just to 'ask Mrs. O'Hara', so it is all up to Scarlett.


Melanie wants to help, but Scarlett assures her she must get well so she won't become another burden. Melanie apologizes for not thinking of that.

At one low point, a lone Yankee soldier invades the house; Scarlett uses the gun Rhett gave her to kill any invaders in self-defense. At the same time, Melanie appears, holding Ashley's sword, at the ready. Together they search the man, get his money and bury him before his mates detect he's missing and come looking.



↔ SCARLETT'S NADIR ↔

The house-servants are untrained for outside work, so Scarlett works herself and her sisters like field-hands. When Suellen complains that her hands are ruined and declares that she hates Tara, Scarlett slaps her, telling her never to say that again, that it's like saying she hates Pa and Ma.

Scarlett is a rigid task-master, taking full charge of trying to eke out a little food and raise some cotton crop from the parched ground, to sustain them. Fiinally, she's so hungry herself, that she runs out to the barren garden and finds a single radish, falls down upon it, pulls it up, dirt still clinging to it, and gobbles it down. But then she rises from the ground, declaring she won't be beaten, promising God that not she, nor any of her kin, will ever be hungry again, no matter what she must do to make it so. . . steal, kill, or whatever it takes!


Never Hungry Again. . .

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    • Nellieanna profile image
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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Incidentally - in reply to your mention of pointing you to what I may have written about my life, I've yet to write my memoirs. I seem to touch on so many things about my life frequently in a haphazard way in my hubs and comments all over the place. But in a way - it's a haphazard life! haha. It's intertwined with my other family members in many ways. Of course, I don't expect you to have interest in or time for all of them but here are some items:

      About Dad: https://hubpages.com/family/My-Father-The-Deacon...

      Mother is the inspiration for:

      https://hubpages.com/education/Joyfully-Using-Trea... (when it prints, it cuts off the last word from its title 'Joyfully-Using-Treasures' & comes out 'Joyfully-Using" - which sounds awful!! )

      About Ruth when she passed away:

      https://hubpages.com/family/A-Tribute-To-My-Sister...

      About the wonderful reunion with my nieces and nephews:

      https://hubpages.com/family/The-Cousins-Now-and-Th...

      About Harriet, to be continued on with the rest of her short life:

      https://hubpages.com/health/Harriets-Odyssey...

      In my personal website, a whole section called "The Attic", consisting of several pages with much of my life story woven in with the family's:

      http://nellieanna.com/attic1.html

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I can well understand how your schedule with your son and school filling all the waking hours! It leaves little time for reading just for fun.

      Yes, my life has been quite a ride. Sometimes it seems like I've led several lives! All vivid.

      I certainly do feel a lot of kinship with you, though it's not so much based on our facts, probably. More at a deeper level.

      It sounds like you worked out a good balance with your sisters, for the sake of all your children. Certainly having your children all happily playing together is a great blessing. You're very wise.

      It's quite a different situation from what mine was, though. Still I'm also aware that we both fully understand how personality differences affect those relationships. We could probably talk a long time about these things!

      I had two sisters and a brother, all of them so much older when I was born which made it that when I was growing, they were totally off and living their own lives, so I didn't really have the kind of interactions with them one has with close siblings, as yours must have been. Also: closer in age gives more fair odds, too. To mine, I was just the baby sister they never really acknowledged as a full-fledged person. Their children were pretty well grown when mine came along. Other factors kept us distant in actual miles and still other factors somewhat estranged us in spirit, eventually - especially after I began to assert my own voice.

      Harold died in a car accident in 1990 at 68. Now, since Ruth passed away last May @ 92, I'm the only one still living of our family, which is an odd feeling, except that in a way, I was always on my own.

      All 3 of my siblings were very interesting people, talented and very intelligent; just stuck in their own perspectives. I loved them very much.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Well - I looked on Google. Apparently there was a mini-series made of Scarlett in the 90s. - http://youtu.be/TmyKzlRERxw

      I can't see that it even begins to compare with GWTW, though Timothy Dalton as Rhett isn't a bad runner-up for the character. But it's all a bit like expecting Häagen-Dazs Vanilla and getting Safeway Select Vanilla. haha

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      I'm not sure, I never checked. i didn't read Scarlett until a few years ago, when I was working second shift at a gas station. I had A LOT of free time to read. That was before my son was born and I went back to school. Now I'm lucky to read anything that isn't a textbook = )

      Your life sounds like it's own epic novel. I too have sisters that I have clashed with a lot in life, from being, like you said, just different. In the past year or so I have tried to just live above it all for the sake our children, which we all have now. Seeing the cousins play together makes everything seem trivial. We just avoid the topics that might fluster old feelings = ) I understand your need to flee, I am not one to be restrained by, as you say, "social convential propriety".

      I am so glad to have met you on here, and make a new friend who is a kindred spirit. I look forward to many more interactions! And if you haven't written YOUR story yet, you should, and if you HAVE then, point me in that direction!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you. She really was stunning, as well as poised and 'perfect'. haha. She was born beautiful and one of those people who always seemed to instinctively know just the right thing to do and say. She'd been an extremely strong mentor to me during my college days, 'under her thumb', and when I realized that she obviously planned to continue dictating my every move after I graduated, instead, I grabbed a train and took off for Houston to try living my own life (I was 21!). When she perished 6 months later she had not forgiven me. I found very bitter letters she wrote our parents later. She really was angry. I didn't hate her help but she was a different person than I, who am a free spirit - she was much more governed by social conventional propriety and her views of it all were 'law'. I'd complied, but thought it would end when I graduated. But she'd set me up for a job interview, moved me into a rooming house. I just took my already packed trunks and left Dallas. I couldn't reason with her, but I needed to claim my own life. She was 14 when I was born - and always in charge. I loved her but was stifled, both by her help and her general disapproval. Her tragic death took a toll. As I said - long - continuing story.

      I don't read too much these days, either. Writing and other computer activities take the priority and it's OK. I've read so much all my life! These experiences are valuable too. But I have such a personal library stuffed with read and many unread books I'd still love to read! I'm a hopeless book addict. haha

      I, too, was sorry to have GWTW end at the point it did. Seemed needed a sequel for the remaining characters. I think I'd have preferred it to take place at Tara, and/or with a reunion with Rhett there, but the sequel that was written had the other scenarios & location in mind. It was more like a totally "other" story. Still interesting. Was a movie ever made of "Scarlett"? I'd like to see it, if so.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Wow I am so sorry to hear about your sister. How tragic. she must have been extraordinarily beautiful, for Vivien Leigh was stunning!

      I will have to look into those books. Someday I may have time for casual reading again = ) Scarlett is by no means on par with Gone With the Wind, but I think most of it was that I loved the story and characters so much that I wanted them to continue, and just LOVED seeing Scarlett be able to be her wild Irish self !

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Bizarrett - Your mother and I must have things in common! When I went to the movie at age 7 with my mother, we were dumbfounded because my oldest sister, Harriet, was the spittin' image of Vivien Leigh playing Scarlett! Harriet was a senior in college then and the similarity with Scarlett literally changed the course of her life. She was always beautiful in her own right, but looking like Scarlett O'Hara when that movie was first being shown was quite a thing for her and opened many doors! Later on, she met Randolph Churchill at a social gathering and he even commented on the likeness.

      Poor Vivien Leigh - had such a tragic life, though. And my Harriet and her entire family were killed instantly when a train hit their car in 1953. She was only 35. That event was a major factor in my own life. Long story, but except for my defiance of her when I graduated from college the prior June, I would have been with them. It left so many raw loose feelings.

      I didn't care for history in school, either. Seemed mostly memorizing dates when things had occurred, not the juicy facts that were going on! Later reading history became one of my favorite reads! I started reading Will Durant's multi-volume "Story of Civilization" (read only 4 of them but have the 16-volume set still to peruse - someday!) - and what I loved about this account of history was that it covers not only the main 'facts' and how they came about, but there are also, in smaller print, much about the everyday people and their lives going on at the same time as the political highlights, wars, power changes, etc. I also liked Arnold Toynbee's history books.

      I so agree that Margaret Mitchell's accounts of the Civil War were as informational and as interesting as the love scenes and other highlights of GWTW, A wonderful book. I had the chance to go to Gettysburg and see the actual scene of that major Civil War battle, too. The museum there has a big animated model of the entire thing, also. Wow - talk about bringing it to life!

      Years ago, I read Scarlett, too - but it was not as inriquing as GWTW. Maybe I need to read it again. Your praise of it makes me think I should!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Oh my mother LOVES that movie so I saw it way before I read the book. I learned about the Civil War in school and didn't really like history. But I came to find out I just didn't like learning about it the way schools taught, I actually loved my college history class and reading about it casually. I read Gone With the Wind in high school and couldn't put it down, and I was surprised even the long descriptions of the war were intriguing. I too devoured it. Scarlett too, I think the author of that did a wonderful job in keeping with the intricate detail that Mitchell used in the first. I wanted to hop right on a plane and run around Ireland barefoot!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Bizarrett81 for visiting this hub and letting me know you like it. I know you'll like the part 2, if you liked part 1.

      Did you read the book before you saw the movie? Both really did make the Civil War so much more real and clear than dry history accounts could, though I saw the movie long before I was old enough to have been taught about it in school or to have read the book! I was only 7 when it came to our local movie theater on its first round of showings around the country in 1939. I read the book several times a few years later; could say that I devoured it! What a story!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Nellieanna this is such a fantastic breakdown of the movie and compilation of characters. The book is one of my favorites, and the movie also. I learned more about the Civil War reading "Gone With the Wind" then I ever did in school! Awesome job and looking forward to reading the second half!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Monis Mas, thank you for the visit and comments. Its characters are such typical examples of some strong characteristics, I just couldn't resist highlighting them once again! Glad you liked it. :-)

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub! Gone With the Wind is one of my favorite movies of all times! Thank you for putting all of the characters together. I love Scarlett, and I think Prissy was too funny at times.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Alan -- well, I didn't mean to nag you about Part 1. But I guess I did just that! (blush) I very deliberately had both parts ready to publish at the same time and published Part 2 about a minute before Part 1, so that they'd be in proper order on my profile, and maybe people would get notice of Part 1 first, since it's always the last published hub that is mentioned on our 'most recent' in our "My Account" list. Calculating little gal, huh?

      Yes, I've noticed that the most frequent character to be chosen to identify with is Scarlett, with Belle the first to be a runner-up, and now Melanie and India have received votes here on "For the Gals" tab! Obviously the women are the more inclined to name someone. Here on Part i - someone or more have selected Rhett from the "For the Guys" ballot. On Part 2, Scarlett has 60% and Melanie, 40%. No men have votes over there.

      I didn't really expect a lot of votes. But my main idea in the beginning was to prompt folks to think about the characters and their characteristics. The polls were just a way to bring that to attention. I really hardly see myself primarily in any of them. I'm neither calculating (in the same way) enough for Scarlett nor saintly enough for Melanie. My 'bad girl' isn't quite to Belle's level and my snideness isn't quite up to India's. Ellen O'Hara would be a good role model, but, no - - I don't measure up there, either. I wouldn't mind being as wise as Mammy - or as sly. hehe I'm sort of with you in not wishing to emulate any of the characters precisely. Shopping for a few traits might be fun, but then -- what about my own? :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Maria - thank you! It was lucky I didn't realize what an ambitious project I'd bitten off when I began. I had a very simple idea in mind! But being so intimately acquainted with the story and film, simplicity just wouldn't abide! I wondered if I'd be stretching the readers' attention too far as it began to unfold! I'm truly gratified that it's captured others' attention too. It's helpful that many of my readers are fully knowledgeable of it already, and my reminder is just that! It's like traveling together on a magic carpet into the corners of our memory of it.

      Yes, these were vivid women in literature. I'm amazed that the unknown writer was this astute in visualizing them and transmitting them to the page, where they jumped onto the screen. I guess I saw it too young to realistically visualize myself as any of the characters, though they WERE my sisters. Later, I would grow into their roles a bit, but they were pretty much identified with Harriet and Ruth by then, so I was cautious.

      YES - the red petticoat was a favorite scene! It was difficult to not include every scene I treasure.

      Yes, let's watch it! I have it out on the TV stand from watching it the other night. I could use another dose! hehe.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      I have returned after commenting on part 2 again. It occurred to me that if everyone did as I did, part 1 would have perished in obscurity. As it were however, I never stopped to consider the parts. I read it whole and complete. BTW, I notice the women are more inclined to associate with a character than the men. Interesting. I did not vote. I see parts in each of them that I identify with but none, which I would truly want to emulate.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Nellieanna,

      Oh I see I have a bit of catch up in your corner but I am starting with a synopsis of one of my ALL TIME favorite movies...Brava for this "beginning" installment of exemplary calibre that captures the very essence of this classic, timeless piece. Having seen GWTW countless times over the years, the characters and the scenes have made lasting impressions.

      I tried to vote, unsuccessfully, for identifying with both Scarlett and Melanie...In my girly years, I had to have all the men swarm around me and it was fun and easy and fiddle dee dee and all that... But now, I am so mellow Melanie...

      Yet, like your exchange with the lovely Genna, both of these women were some of the strongest in literature.

      And, oh...the scene with Rhett and Mamie and the red slip...if that didn't

      just beat all? Oh yeah...and I sure don't know "nothin bout birthin no babies..."

      Oh heck, let's just get the DVD and watch this thang, lady!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      OH, YES, Genna! That scene is so important. Your description of it is thrilling. It makes me feel as I hope others have felt, reading my descriptions of some of the scenes. I felt like I was one with you describing that scene in which Scarlett and Melanie were so attuned. Then Melanie thought of going through the man's pockets and they found some 'real' money. She was so modest, though, when Scarlett instructed her to take off her nightie to bandage him up so he wouldn't bleed all across the floor as they dragged him out. Scarlett exclaimed, "Oh, I'm glad I'm not that modest!" Then we saw the gown drop down around Melanie's bare feet. What a pair!

      Thank you so much for lovely visit and comments!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a wonderful hub, Nellieanna. To cover so much colorful detail in this amazing epic, and to do this so well, is marvelous! You have brought all of these wonderful characters back to us. Ms. Mitchell would be very pleased, and proud.

      I remember the one scene in particular you mentioned…when Scarlet shoots that Yankee scoundrel. Melanie comes to the staircase, dragging a sword, as weak as a kitten, and says, “Scarlett, you killed him! I’m glad you killed him.” Then she rushes to the window to calm the others who were alarmed by the gunshot, and calls down to them, smiling, “Don’t fret now chickens….” And Scarlett stares at her with cool appreciation and surprise. They were both strong women, each in their own and different ways, but very attuned with each other when it came to protecting their family and their home.

      Voted up and sharing, and on my way to Part 2. :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Erin, I'm so pleased you've come by this hub. There's a second part, too, when you get time. It's occupied my hub-effort for a bit and was a most gratifying project.

      I'm going to bed myself shortly. I think we'll both have a Happy New Year in 2013. Hugs, dear friend.

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      Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

      you brought back so many wonderful memories.it's been years since I've seen that movie and I just love it. your description is so thorough and visually and mentally accurate.just the right thing to read before I head off to bed. it's so good to be treading you again nellieanna. I look forward to many wonderful stories and insights from your wonderfully carenative mind. hugs my friend and happy New year!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Snakeslane! Your description of your first viewing of GWTW somehow reminds me of mine - except that where I viewed it was in Del Rio's only tiny little movie house whose screen setup was only slightly more than the projector at the community hall in your fishing village home! :-)

      I'm sure you've picked up on how much the film impacted me. I'm really thrilled if my study of it here has piqued your half-forgotten interest and perhaps, sparked the rediscovery of it!

      I love that visual of the line winding halfway around the block for part two. haha. Thank you for lovely comments, dear friend.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      DEAR Ian! How it pleases me to see you here! I'm tickled that you think it well done. I don't know 'how to' write movie reviews. I just wrote from the mental 'film strip' unfolding across the screen of my mind.

      Oh, yes! I know. - It's not the same on small TV screens, though there were decades when it was totally unaccessible that any showing would have been welcome. The actual theater screen is best; and even though the first time I saw it in a cinema, it was shown on the tiny, narrow, small-town movie theater screen. It was projected from the original film up in the projection booth with the stab of dusty light from there to the screen. None of the expansions which were to come with movie house improvements of later decades.

      But, even so, to this little girl, it was ENORMOUS on that little ole screen! I certainly had never seen anything like it; doubt that those in my family with more film viewing experience had ever seen the likes of it, either!

      And yet, what a boon it is now that we have large flat TV screens with HD in our own homes, where it's almost as amazing as on any cinema screen! What a boon that it's been beautifully restored and converted to digital on DVD.

      Thank you for going on to Part 2!

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Nellieanna, I enjoyed part one of your Gone With the Wind character study. It has all the usual Nellieanna signature touches making it visually a feast and of course written in perfect prose. This is such an iconic film. I remember my Aunt taking me to see it when I was about 12 or 13. The experience was unforgettable, having come for a summer visit from the small fishing village where we lived that had no movie theatre (just a projector at the community hall). I didn't realize that I had taken it so much to heart until just now while reading your excellent synopsis. You made the movie come alive! Good work Ms Hay, I will get in the line-up (that is winding halfway around the block) for part two. Regards, snakeslane

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      What an exceptionally well written hub. I loved it and am now going to go on and read part two which I know, by past experience will be as well put together as part one.

      I read this as a by and have seen it a few times at the cinema. I have always felt until now that it needs to be seen on a big screen, rather than a little television, as I feel it needs to dominate the audience as does the book. Now with large flat screens. I can really enjoy the watching experience.

      Thanks for this half, Nellieanna, I'm moving on and, as I said, looking forward to the next part.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Mr. Archer - thank you for these glorious comments and for being my newest follower and fan. You mentioned it was on the strength of this piece on GWTW, so I hope you won't be disappointed to discover that movie reviews aren't my forte. I've done one other only, - another classic, "The Red Shoes." (So at least I'm not a one-only like Margaret Mitchell.) I've mentioned other movies within some other hubs, but only the two full-blown reviews-with-a-slant. Out of my 195 hubs, 131 are my poetry collections, so I hope you will enjoy them, too.

      I've peeked into your hubsite, too; and look forward to reading your work. I love your tribute to your lovely wife.

      Oh, my! That was, indeed, a marvelous find, in what surely is a first edition of Margaret Mitchell's book of August, 1936. I wholeheartedly agree that we should know this story and its era - with the intimacy of this book, in order to be aware of and avoid some of its blatant mistakes. We must never forget how human we are and direct it into better channels, with love and respect for each other.

      I love history. There's so much to be learned from it. But it's rare that it's presented in quite so entertaining a way as GWTW! What a shame she didn't write more! I haven't read the book in many years, but when I was reading it, I just read it over and over! I'm not sure my eyes would be up to it now, so it's a good thing I stored it up!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Mary - hello! What lovely compliments. Thank you! I'm especially happy that you thought it was short enough to hold attention. It was hard to contain it as it was, but I was truly afraid it would be too long. Thank you for the votes, too!

      Have a most Happy New Year!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Theresa - coming from you, that is fantastic praise, indeed! It just flowed forth from such closeness to the story, - and for so long; I've loved it big for - (blush) 77 years! I remember that first time I saw it like yesterday, as they say.

      I'm delighted that you like my treatment of it! I'm most honored. Thank you! May your new year be blessed, as well! (I know you're looking forward to that fabulous trip to D.C.!)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ruby, your favorite, too? And what girl hasn't fallen in love with Rhett at some time or the other, while thinking Scarlett had to be out of her mind to rebuff him?

      I'm so pleased that you like my review. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Happy New Year to you, as well, Gerry! And 2013 will be one, I feel sure, starting tomorrow!

      Ah, yes, this has been quite a project, more than I'd first anticipated. But I loved reliving those scenes I've known and loved so long.

      That line of Rhett's and so many others stand out to me. Nowadays, folks can't possibly imagine what a shock Rhett's words were to the movie-going public! It just 'wasn't done' back then in 1939 - or for many more years after!

      Prissy's "I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' babies, Miss Scarlett!" is another one that pops up from time to time in casual conversation.

      Yep - it's a classic in many ways. Thank you.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Nellieanna, you have done an exceptional job on this. I have enjoyed this via reading the book and the movie for more years than I care to think about. And now my eldest daughter, a junior in college and shortly turning 21, has made this her own by reading, watching, and creating written works for classes at school from it. She has invested quite a bit of time in Margeret Mitchell and her life. For Christmas this year, my wife found a 1936 August edition of the book, and my daughter almost cried with joy. This is a story for the ages, and we should not ever forget the road we have walked in this nation, lest we make more mistakes than we already are. I greatly enjoyed your work here, and will shortly read the conclusion. Well done, and much appreciated.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You certainly did Margaret Mitchell proud but that is no surprise. You, dear lady, remind me of a southern belle with all the graciousness and talent embodied in a caring soul. This was just an excellent hub from start to finish. Amazing how you could put so much information in such a short space!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared so others can enjoy as well.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nellieanna - You should get an award for this! Not a hubbie award, I mean a real award, from a writing or magazine or film association. This is beautifully done, the layout and pictures are fabulous. And the text has everything we could want to know. Very, very impressive and a delight to peruse. :) Sharing of course. :) Blessed New Year!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Nellieanna, This is my favorite movie. I adore all the characters. I purchased the movie years ago and still watch it occasionally. I think i fell in love with Rhett when i was about twelve. lol.. Your review is excellent. Thank you..

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Happy New Year, Nellieanna. This is such an enormous project but you have fully succeeded in your task. I just love this film. I will say: "Frankly Scarlet, I don't give a damn" in empathy with Rhett Butler. What a classic! Great Hub. All the best in 2013. Hugs, Gerry

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Dreamlin, exactly! Each role was so perfectly cast that it would be ridiculous to place anyone else in it. They ARE the people they play. That was such a break-through in film-making, too. In 1939 it was quite an accomplishment. But the art had been growing into it.

      And thank you -- for coming to Part 1!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah,Martie - thanks for coming back by & reading my comments. This story inspires a lot of thinking & remembering. You mentioned once before that you were the eldest & "boss" among your siblings. Nellieanna didn't have a chance among hers. Harriet was 14, Ruth was 12 & Harold was 10 when I came along. I was either bossed around or shoved around to suit them, or alone - never taken seriously. Of course, then Harriet decided to make-me-over when I was a junior in college - the way she'd have designed me. Then she & her family were killed soon after. The others just wanted me out of their way. All three of them were furious when I just decided to NOT be under their thumbs or out of their ways. They'd never noticed me growing up.

      The accident did more damage to the other car, but no one was hurt and no one got a traffic ticket, but it was basically my misjudgment & bad timing. My insurance is going to take care of his repairs & mine, less my deductible. Initital damage on mine is estimated @ $1465. They know there will be more when they get into it. But it still drives OK.

      Our winter has been relatively mild so far. Several really COLD spells but till a week or so ago, they were spelled off with days of b almy weather. We don't long for our hot summers too much. The balmy mild stuff is nice though.

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      Dreamlin 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      They don't make this kind of classic movies nowadays. No remake or sequel can match the beauty, the artistry, and the spirit of the original masterpiece. Vivien Leigh is perfect for the role. I can't imagine anyone else plays the part of Scarlett O'Hara.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for your interesting reply, my CM. I couldn't help smiling about Harriet and her manipulative skills. I do see myself in her and my sister, Santa, in Ruth. Oh, and my other sister, Rika, youngest, also remember me as the 'boss', teaching everybody my way or the highway. Oh boy! And there is nothing I can do to change the image they've formed of me. Also my 2 (younger) brothers see me as the 'boss', but fortunately not to be feared, but only to be reckoned with. They all love and respect me, but have me on a throne composed of good and bad impressions.

      Nellieanna, I am glad you were not hurt in the car accident and that you car will be fixed soon. Take care and enjoy the last 3 days of 2012 :) Oh yes, I too, prefer being all alone in my cozy home at this time of the year - I had MORE than enough (20 years) of being hostess year after year for the entire family, including in-laws. Of course, I am always willing to receive guest who have the desire to be with me, especially my children and close family.

      Lots of hot-summer hugs to you :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, my dearest CD. It was exciting to put this together. I saw it when it first came out in 1939 and many times, since, plus during my teens, I read the book over 7 over - no small read! I was able to write this from my own memory. At one time, I could've quoted the dialogue! haha.

      Yes, you need to see it and see how you relate to Scarlett. Probably no one is an exact representative of such a distinctive personality. My eldest sister, Harriet, looked like Vivien Leigh & had some of Scarlett's personality. I realized just recently that my second sister, Ruth (who died last May) looked a bit like Olivia de Havilland, but didn't have Melanie's personality much. But one story of their youth had Harriet saying, "Ruth if you'll make two glasses of lemonade, I'll give you one - - - and Ruth would do it!" haha. Harriet was always the finagler who could get people to do what she wanted. But her physical resemblance was really striking.

      I'm so happy that you came by and read my hub(s). I'm pleased that you like them - and that you're familiar with this classic American film.

      My holidays are quiet and very refreshing. Val wants us to go out for New Year's but I really don't prefer to. Had a car accident and am just eager to get it into the shop & fixed. Got the insurance estimate so ready to proceed but not till after New Year's. Also got a new roof on my house which was just barely finished before we started some serious weather. Had a little snow on Christmas. Had been invited to go out to dinner for our Christmas celebration with Geo. Jr & Diana but she was down with bronchitis & the weather was not friendly, so we called it off. I loved my warm, cozy, quiet day! We've yet to exchange gifts! haha.

      I'm very much looking forward to 2013! It will be a marvelous year! And yours will be too! Hugs!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna, this is a fantastic review of Gone With The Wind and all the colorful characters that have made this one of the best movies ever produced by Hollywood. Certainly the best movie ever when it comes to background, décor and characterizing. (The terminology of movies always slips my mind.) I remember identifying with Scarlett O'Hara, but that was decades ago and I will have to watch the movie again to confirm similar characteristics. Watching it during this year-end break, seems to be just the thing I should do.

      A link to this hub belongs in my personal library.

      Voted up and totally perfect.

      I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas-season, my dear CM. May 2013 meets all your expectations.