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“Comes to the screen as one of the truly great films, destined for record-breaking box office business everywhere,” said John C. Flinn Sr. Gone with the Wind is a book by Margaret Mitchell, originally published in 1936. The book has received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award for Novel. It has also been made into a major motion picture in 1939, with the main actress being Vivien Leigh and the main actor being Clark Gable. Gone with the Wind was a book about the main character Scarlett O’Hara’s miserable love life and the motion picture was popular but had problems with laws of segregation.
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Gone with the wind featured the main character, Scarlett O’Hara, who has unfortunate marriages and dead children different from when she was sixteen years old when she knew nothing about love. For example, Scarlett O’Hara had 3 husbands, with her two former husbands Charles Hamilton and Frank Kennedy(both dead) married for revenge and money(Wikipedia). Scarlett O’Hara probably was in a dire situation concerning money to marry not one but two men, as she didn’t have the love for both of the men. She also was very heartbroken, as she married two men who she did not have feelings for, confusing her about the true meaning of love and marriage. In addition, Scarlett O’Hara had 4 children, with one dead with miscarriage and one dead by a broken neck(Wikipedia). Scarlett O’Hara was probably very sad when she had a miscarriage, as the baby was the baby whose father was Scarlett O’Hara’s true love, Rhett Butler. She also would have been sad, when her daughter was dead, as her father was also Rhett Butler, who left after her death. Scarlett O'Hara lost the true meaning of love when her two husbands and two children died, leaving her heartbroken, but that was the part that appealed to the heart of the audience.
Gone With The Wind - 75th Anniversary Trailer01:57

Gone With The Wind - 75th Anniversary Trailer

The movie Gone with the Wind won 9 out of the 10 Academy Awards it was nominated. However, Gone with the Wind had problems with the segregation laws of southern United States. “But Gone With the Wind was a U. S. Legend. Legend No. 1 was the only great U. S. war epic—the War between the States—told from the Southern side. Legend No. 2 was the heroic and unhappy love story of two people who were strong, brutal, brash, realistic, American enough to survive Legend No. 1. Like all good legends, these were told without subtlety, subjective shadings, probings or questionings, its characters were instantly recognizable types.”(TIME Magazine). Gone with the Wind probably was a major success as it was the first movie that told the Civil War from the south perspective, where Southerners were known a minority as they lost the war. As the southerners supported the movie, and the movie had a love story with no happy ending, it must have drawn up quite an audience. Hattie McDaniel won the best-supporting-actress in the academy awards, the first African American to do so. Powerful movie executives had to beg to even get her into the Ambassador Hotel ceremony and then she was forced to sit at a small table far away from her fellow nominees. Clark Gables, the main actor of the movie Gone with the Wind, even refused to attend the ceremony if Hattie McDaniel was denied entrance.(Annette Witheridge). If Hattie McDaniel was not allowed in the hotel, which was possible due to segregation laws, then the African Americans wouldn’t have had the motivation to fight harder for civil rights. She would have felt very honored to get the award, however, she was probably frightened and afraid, as she was the first African-American to receive the award, but also the only African American to attend the ceremony. Even though Gone with the Wind was a major film, the actors in the film still suffered from Laws concerning segregation.

Gone with the wind was a successful novel and motion picture, as it had a plot of an unsuccessful love story, with a hopeful ending. I think the book Gone with the Wind was actually mainly successful because it was unlike any other novels at that time. Not only did the book have a main character with the viewpoint of a southerner during the civil war, it also was a new type of story about the loss of the meaning of love for the main character. The movie was also successful, as I believe the actors had represented the characters in the book well. The book has a sad aspect about love in the book, however “After all, tomorrow is another day,” said Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind

Works Cited Edit

“Cinema: G with the W.” Time Magazine, 25 Dec. 1939,,9171,762137,00.html. Accessed 18 Apr. 2017., Annette Witheridge For. “'I'd Rather Make $700 a Week Playing a Maid than Working as One': How the FIRST Black Oscar Winner Dealt with Being Segregated from White Gone with the Wind Co-Stars at Academy Awards.” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, 25 Feb. 2016, Accessed 19 Apr. 2017.

“GONE WITH THE WIND, Original Vintage 1968 Re-Release Movie Poster.” Original Vintage Movie Posters, Original Vintage Movie Posters, Katy,Texas, 21 Dec. 2015, Accessed 19 Apr. 2017.

“Gone with the Wind(Novel).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Apr. 2017, Accessed 19 Apr. 2017.

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