History YMMV / GoneWithTheWind

14th Aug '17 10:06:31 PM DrOO7
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* CrackPairing: Rhett and Melanie. It helps that Rhett genuinely likes, respects, and admires her throughout the book. Alexandra Ripley, who wrote the sequel Literature/{{Scarlett}}, seems to have sensed this as well—one of her key plots is Rhett marrying someone who is clearly Melanie's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
23rd Jul '17 12:01:33 AM lalaTKG
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** Actually, the book implies that Mellie ''enjoyed'' her marital relations, an interesting contrast to Scarlett, [[LieBackAndThinkOfEngland who saw it as a means to an end]] In the end, Scarlett seems to think that Melanie was the one with all the power, because she was loved by everyone. Note that although Melanie is TheIngenue, she's clearly not naive; she helps Scarlett cover up the dead deserter, and recognises that Scarlett ruined Suellen's marriage prospects for the good of Tara. And for the incident with Ashley and Scarlett being caught together, she is courteous to Scarlett at the party not out of naivety - but because she knows it'll put the gossipers to rest.

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** Actually, the book implies that Mellie ''enjoyed'' her marital relations, an interesting contrast to Scarlett, [[LieBackAndThinkOfEngland who saw it as a means to an end]] end]]. In the end, Scarlett seems to think that Melanie was the one with all the power, because she was loved by everyone. Note that although Melanie is TheIngenue, she's clearly not naive; she helps Scarlett cover up the dead deserter, and recognises that Scarlett ruined Suellen's marriage prospects for the good of Tara. And for the incident with Ashley and Scarlett being caught together, she is courteous to Scarlett at the party not out of naivety - but because she knows it'll put the gossipers to rest.



* EthnicScrappy: Prissy on the other hand. She's lazy, incompetent, loud and TheLoad on the ride back to Tara. Scarlett's slap and constant berates of her is considered for many to be a satisfying TakeThatScrappy.

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* EthnicScrappy: Prissy on the other hand.hand, has not received the same response. She's lazy, incompetent, loud and TheLoad on the ride back to Tara. Scarlett's slap and constant berates berating of her is considered for many to be a satisfying TakeThatScrappy.



* FauxSymbolism: Analysis of the book points out that the worsening war coincides with Melanie's worsening condition, Gerald's breakdown following Ellen's death represents those of the South who would never adjust to the changes that the war wrought. Most of all, as Scarlett and Rhett's child, Bonnie represents their marriage--as such, her death represents its end.

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* FauxSymbolism: Analysis of the book points out that the worsening war coincides with Melanie's worsening condition, Gerald's breakdown following Ellen's death represents those of the South who would never adjust to the changes that the war wrought. Most of all, as Scarlett and Rhett's child, Bonnie represents their marriage--as such, her death represents its end.
18th Jul '17 9:03:06 PM SithPanda16
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* AwesomeMusic: There is a reason the score was nominated for an Academy Award. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg5wCJuPdXI Take a listen for yourself.]]
5th Jul '17 7:28:03 AM Fighteer
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* SuetifulAllAlong: Scarlett dodges this in the books. She's regularly mentioned in the novel as attractive but not beautiful, by multiple characters. References are made to the war ageing her as well, though she's only twenty-eight by its end. It's made clear that a lot of her appeal is very good fashion choices, expert flirting, and a lack of attainability.
1st Jul '17 8:49:20 PM AirofMystery
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* RootingForTheEmpire: When the protagonists, [[VillainProtagonist however sympathetically treated]], are a bunch of haughty upper-class dyed-in-the-wool white supremacists, it's hard not to see the devastation of the war as justice served. Conversely, aside from the thieving rapist Yankee deserter, pretty much everything the Northerners do is good; [[ValuesDissonance the movie just]] ''[[ValuesDissonance acts]]'' [[ValuesDissonance like it's evil]]. The camera forebodingly lingers on wealthy, happy black men, poor but free black men are dismissed as 'trash', and Jonas Wilkerson is reviled for the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous depraved act]] of marrying the poor woman he loves, trying to buy Tara, and (in the book) supporting black rights.
1st Jul '17 8:40:04 PM AirofMystery
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** In a broader sense, basically every character either owns a slave or is completely fine with owning slaves, which is nowadays generally considered so monstrous as to be unspeakable. Then there's the classism - Scarlett and Mammy dismiss both white and black poor people as "trash" and are never called out on it.
22nd Jun '17 5:26:15 PM Lyendith
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** The film also refused to give the KKK the same treatment it had in the book. Rhett, Ashley and a few other sympathetic characters are in the Klan in the book - which they aren't in the film. It also omits the Klan pulling a BigDamnHeroes moment when Scarlett is attacked.

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** The film also refused to give the KKK the same treatment it had in the book. Rhett, Ashley and a few other sympathetic characters are in the Klan in the book - which they aren't in the film.film, there are some hints that they are, but it's never stated explicitly. It also omits the Klan pulling a BigDamnHeroes moment when Scarlett is attacked.
14th Jun '17 7:25:24 AM DrOO7
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** Scarlett herself, after Bonnie's death, when she relentlessly calls him a murderer. Couples have been known to say horrible things to each other after the death of a child, but that's beyond the pale.
2nd Jun '17 10:17:30 PM DrOO7
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** Also part of the reason all of the sequels have been doomed.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Rhett (with the exception of Bonnie's death). Yes, Scarlett is horrible to him. But​ most of that is provoked by him being horrible to ''her''. He seems to get a sick thrill out of saying and doing things to make her upset or angry, then further taunting her by reacting with amusement when she loses her temper or not reacting at all. He forces himself on her, then ditches her the morning after then shows up days later to taunt her about being with another woman and disappear again, and he responds to the news of her pregnancy by asking who the father is and suggesting that she'd be happy to miscarry--one of several moments when he rejects her sincere efforts at reaching out to him. Overall, he really comes across like a jerk.
8th May '17 7:51:08 PM freyalorelei
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** Then there's Ashley Wilkes who was patriotic despite having his reservations about the war. It gets doubly sad when you remember that the actor who played him was killed when the plane he was flying in was shot down by the Luftwaffe over the Bay of Biscay during World War II.

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** Then there's Ashley Wilkes who was patriotic despite having his reservations about the war. It gets doubly sad when you remember that the actor who played him him, Creator/LeslieHoward, was killed when the plane he was flying in was shot down by the Luftwaffe over the Bay of Biscay during World War II.
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