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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Scarlett O'Hara

Scarlett O'Hara, perhaps the best example of the true, rational pragmatist from either of the two, novels, continually redefines herself in the situations she encounters. Scarlett is romantically drawn to both Ashley Wilkes, her romantic ideal of the South, and Rhett Butler, the man most like Scarlett in temperament and desire for action. Scarlett feels most at odds with Melanie Wilkes, who is more successful than Scarlett in finding balance in an ideologically divided New South.

As the person left responsible for her childhood plantation, Tara, Scarlett perhaps most resembles Thomas Sutpen from Absalom, Absalom! Both characters literally reinvent their selves and their plantations, dragging their families with them as they go.

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