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.