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I’ll leave it to others to debate the wisdom of a septuagenarian white man “giving a voice” to a black woman slave. I’ll even allow someone else to quibble over the choice of the first name “Ruth,” as part of writing secondary wor…
The estate of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, has authorized a prequel, being written by Donald McCaig, called Ruth’s Journey …
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I love that first time read feeling! Ah, it’s the best - and the worst. When you finish a really good book and you know it’s become one of your favorites … but it’s so sad because you will never read it and feel quite the same way again! Astonishment is a good word for the end of GWTW, haha. I actually don’t reread GWTW much (I’ve only read it twice), but I do reread other favorites so I know what you mean =)
Well said. I’ve discussed the propaganda aspect of GWTW in another ask a few months ago, and I don’t feel like it is propaganda, but rather a presentation of that mindset, as you said. The story hardly makes Scarlett and her ilk the kind of people one would want to emulate (from a moral standpoint). Margaret Mitchell was not racist, but she grew up in and around a culture that still supported racism, and GWTW reflects that. I think it portrays the story of someone like Scarlett pretty accurately; the spoiled sixteen year old daughter of a wealthy plantation owner was never going to be concerned with the lives of her slaves, and so she isn’t. The story is, at its core, about her, and she just happens to live in a world with slavery. It is also good that we now have films and stories like 12 Years A Slave to portray the other side of the coin, but it doesn’t mean we should condemn GWTW.
Also, the film is less racist than the novel. Producer David O. Selznick was sympathetic to black people because he saw parallels between their treatment and the treatment of Jewish people in Europe. I personally doubt his intention would have been to make a piece of racist propaganda; he was focused on the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, and he managed the racism inherent in the story as best he could given the era.
I understand the disinclination to reveal yourself as sympathetic to it; the now ubiquitous anxiety of seeming racist, sexist, or discriminatory in any way can definitely hold you back. However, there is certainly a difference between understanding history and supporting it. Just because the past isn’t nice or pretty or fair doesn’t mean we should condemn it and write it off wholesale.
I don’t believe I cried at the very end, but I may have cried in other parts. There’s no shame in crying, though! I have totally cried at other books and whatnot. The best books are ones that make me cry. How masochistic, I guess, when it comes to literature, haha!