Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Published for the first time in 1936, Gone With the Wind is the only novel by Margaret Mitchell. The story takes place in Georgia and Atlanta during the American Civil War and follows the live of young Scarlett O’Hara, the daughter of an Irish immigrant, plantation owner. Although in love with Ashley Wilkes, Scarlett married two men, but with none of love: first with Charles, who dies in war and the second time with Frank, her sister’s boyfriend, whom she marries to save the Tara plantation.

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In all this time she thought of Ashley Wilkes, who was married with Melanie Hamilton. Even if she is married, Scarlett spends time with Rhett Butler, a scandalous adventurer yet elegant. After her second husband dies, Scarlett marries Rhett, who is aware of her passion for Ashley, but he hopes that someday she will love him. Finally, Scarlett realizes that she truly loves Rhett, but even after the couple has gone through many trials together, Rhett no longer loves her.

The book includes a vivid description of the decay of Atlanta in 1864 and the devastation the war has left behind. The novel Gone With the Wind is based on considerable historical research. According to her biography, Margaret Mitchell was ten years old when she learned that the South lost the war. The comprehensive story about the war helped the book win the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. If you have not read the book, do it because it will hold your interest until the end.