Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes.
Born in 1900, Margaret Mitchell made her mark first as a rebellious debutante, then an intrepid newspaper reporter. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind, which remained her only published novel upon her death in 1949.
For Book Clubs:
1. How is the sweep of the Civil War and Reconstruction reflected in Scarlett’s own fight to survive?
2. Margaret Mitchell was famous for her wit and charm. Find an example of her humor in her epic novel.
3. Is Scarlett an appealing character or not? Is she the main character of the novel or is Melanie (as hinted by Margaret Mitchell)?
4. It’s easy to highlight the ways in which Scarlett is not like her mother, but she is haunted by Ellen O’Hara throughout the novel. In which ways, if any, does Scarlett resemble her mother?
5. Though Scarlett’s resolve at the end of the book is strong, opinions on its final outcome vary. Do you think Scarlett gets her man? Why or why not?