Gone With the Wind Book Review
By Margaret Mitchell
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Gone With the Wind Book Review
Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, specifically, Georgia in the year 1900. She had an ankle injury aggravated by Arthritis immobilized her for a long time. She wrote a novel, Gone with the Wind. Published in 1936, this novel earned her Pulitzer price making her a celebrity. Mitchell grew up in a family of storytellers and she was a voracious reader and hence a good writer of plays and stories in her youth. She graduated from Atlanta Washington Seminary and attended Smith College. Her mother died and she had to go back to Atlanta to the father and brother. She felt wasted and that’s when she decided to get married in 1922 but the marriage was soured by Upshaw’s behaviour of abusiveness (Adams, 2007). She left a journalism career and focused her energy to writing and came up with the beautiful novel Gone with the Wind. Mitchell in her book, Gone with the Wind, brings a classical novel with many themes to light. Mitchell shows that women can survive and be hopeful in the most difficult times.
Gone with the wind is a book of hope with 984 pages long. It’s a romance novel and an historical fiction which is has its setting between 1861 and 1870s. Well, the publisher was Houghton Mifflin. The novel is arranged well in chapters to make it easy for a reader to connect the stories. This is a novel about civil war, rape, murder, slavery, starvation, and heartbreak (Adams, 2007). When one previews the book, it’s unlikely one would associate it with hope. But when one critically reads the book, Scarlett O’Hara, one of the main character, one will see how she is very optimistic. Margaret Mitchell majors on the theme of survival in her novel. She raises the big question concerning the difference in response to catastrophes by different individuals. Others break down while others emerge stronger. Other people survive while others succumb to pressure. The title of her book is sourced from the poem written by Ernest Downson “Non Sum Qualis eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae.”

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