Reading Log 3

In Gone With the Wind, there have not been many humorous events that have occurred. During the time in the south, the war is impending and Scarlett is expected to act prim and proper at all times.

I believe there are some events that are supposed to be humorous. Scarlett is crying to her father because Ashley is engaged to another women. He tells her that Ashley is not the type of man that she should marry, because he thinks that Ashley’s family is “queer”. He complains that the family goes to New York and Boston to see Operas and oil painting, and that they order books that are in different languages. Ashley’s and his family are well educated for the area that they live in. Scarlett’s father believes that he should be out drinking, playing poker, and hunting instead of doing those “queer” activities. Scarlett argues that he does all of those things, but his heart is not in them. He does them to fit in. This social gap is a type of comedy that falls into the “Comedy of Manners” portion of the ladder. The two families may be within the same social class but Scarlett’s family is much less educated than Ashley’s. All of us reading realize that her fathers opinions are one of a poorly educated man. He is making fun of a family that involves themselves in higher class social activities, instead of going and getting drunk or shooting animals.

I belive that Scarlett’s character is supposed to be funny because of how ridiculous she is. As previously mentioned, I find her annoying, but I believe that her personality is supposed to be funny. Scarlett composes a plan to win an engaged man (Ashley) over. Her plan is to go to the Picnic and flirt with all other men of eligible age, and ignore Ashley. She believes that will make her irresistible, and pull him away from his fiancĂ©. After he is alone with her, she believes that she will confess his love for her. She is not planning on telling him that she loves him though because that would be unthinkable. He is supposed to figure it out, and beg her to marry him. She plans on playing hard to get before finally allowing herself to be persuaded into marrying Ashley. Scarlett then thinks that she will then run away and elope with him. At the time she is panning all of this, she believes that she will be married to Ashley in less than 24 hours. I think this is a Farce or slow comedy. Scarlett’s plan to steal Ashley away from his fiancĂ© is so ridiculous that it is humorous.

For the most part, Gone With the Wind is serious and there are few funny moments. The comedy comes from the characters and their childish and narrow view of the world.

 

 

Reading Log Two

Scarlett O’Hara is, as previously mentioned, a vein person. She enjoys being the center of attention and having the men lust after her.

I do not entirely understand her role in the story yet. The twin boys have been in love with her for a couple years. They both wanted to dance with her at a ball that they are going to. They tell her about a secret engagement that is to be announced at the ball. The boys were later discussing why her attitude seemed unusual, but they could not come up with a valid answer. The true answer was that Scarlett thought that Ashley had more important to tell her rather than that he was getting married. Scarlett thought that Ashley was in love with her, and was expecting a marriage proposal from him. She stayed quiet for the rest of the night and waited for her father’s return.

Scarlett sat and waited until her father came riding down the street. He confirmed the news with her. She has absolutely torn apart when the news officially broke that he was marrying another woman. She was around sixteen and has not received a marriage proposal yet. She was comparing herself to her mother because she received one at fifteen. I believe the whole situation shows how vain she is. She has countless men falling over her at all times, and she is attracted to the one man who does not want to be with her.

So far, I believe that Scarlett is the protagonist. I do not like her character though. I find her annoying. She acts like she is entitled to anything that she could ever want. She snaps at the twins because she does not want to talk about the war. She does not invite them to dinner after they told her news that she does not want to hear. Everything is her way or no way. She acts six instead of sixteen. I find her immature and petty. She is a dramatic person.

I feel as though the personality traits that I dislike about Scarlett will be resolved because the upcoming war will force her to mature quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Log 1

I began reading Gone With the Wind. It is one of my Dad’s favorite books, so he recommended that I read it. He and I enjoy discussing books together.

Gone With the Wind is set in pre-Civil War Georgia. Georgia has already succeeded from the Union. The male characters are constantly discussing the impending war. Half of them are ready to go and fight, while others do not believe that there will even be a war. People are being put into military positions and current civilians are defending those decisions. The men are excited about the possible war and ready to fight. At one point, some of them even went and checked if there was a uniform color picked for the confederate states. While the women, on the other hand, have grown tired of hearing and talking about the possibility of war. Scarlett O’Hara specifically, threatened that if the men continued to talk about the war, then she would go inside of the house, instead of staying outside.

From what I have gathered, Scarlett O’Hara is the main character. She appears to be self-centered. She likes to be the center of attention, and when the men lust after her, practically begging for her attention. Stuart and Brent are twins that are three years older than Scarlett. The three of them would play together as children, and they never noticed her until she “… had decided to make them notice” (14). She wanted all of the men to be in love with her. The twins were attracted to her and begged for her to Waltz with them. They were later fixated on the fact that she did not invite them to dinner, nor did she seem interested in their conversation. It was unusual because she typically wanted that attention. It was said that Scarlett “…seemed to be paying little attention to what they said, although she made correct answers” (10). So far, I do not care much for Scarlett. She is self-centered and seems like the type of character that will create unnecessary drama.

For the majority of the beginning of the book, the impending war is what Gone With the Wind is mainly about.