Gone with the Wind

Gone with the wind

On 3 May, 1937 Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Gone with the Wind”.
It is an epic romance tale set in Georgia during the American Civil War and depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the strong and obstinate daughter of the owner of the plantation Tara, who must use every means at her disposal to escape the poverty following the devastation caused by the war.
She marries Rhett Butler but treats him badly. In the end she realizes that she loves him, but it is too late, because he is going to leave her:
He drew a short breath and said lightly but softly: “My dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Therefore she decides to go back to her family home:
“There was a merciful dullness in her mind now, a dullness that she knew from long experience would soon give way to sharp pain, even as severed tissues, shocked by the surgeon’s knife, have a brief instant of insensibility before their agony begins.
With the spirit of her people who would not know defeat, even when it stared them in the face, she raised her chin. She could get Rhett back. She knew she could. There had never been a man she couldn’t get, once she set her mind upon him.
“I’ll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

 

• Fece un respiro corto e disse leggermente ma dolcemente:” Mia cara, io me ne infischio”
• Ora c’era una pietosa apatia nella sua mente, un’apatia che – lo sapeva per esperienza – avrebbe presto lasciato posto a un dolore acuto, come se i tessuti tagliati, sconvolti dal coltello del chirurgo, avessero un breve istante di insensibilità prima che iniziasse la loro agonia.
Con lo spirito di quella sua gente che non conosceva la sconfitta neppure quando l’aveva di fronte, sollevò il mento. Avrebbe riconquistato Rhett. Sapeva che sarebbe stato possibile. Non c’era  nessun uomo che lei non potesse ottenere, se lo voleva.
Ci penserò domani, a Tara. Allora saprò sopportarlo. Domani penserò a un modo per farlo tornare indietro. Dopotutto, domani è un altro giorno.”

 

 

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “Gone with the Wind

  1. It’s always been one of my favourite films, not only for the story but being technicality and emotionally advanced.
    Two points about it stand out. It is one of the very few films that deal with the conflict. Perhaps more is the depiction of war, you never see battles or glorious action only death and destruction. For 1939 it was a good point.

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      1. It was quite a contentious issue in Scotland.
        Much of the confederacy was bank rolled by Scotland, business came first. But many ordinary people supported the Union.
        Clark Gable’s character was based on someone from the village to the north of where I live. Many of the leading gun runners came from Scotland. Jeff Davis lived in Glasgow after the war, a local man lent Robert E Leigh a house after the surrender.

        Lincoln wanted Canada in reparations for the support the south received from Scotland.
        It gets nastier, the British government would have liked the south to prevail as a divided America would have been easier to contain.

        By the way 1939 was a great year for the movies.

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