Some of my older followers will know my personal feelings on Scarlett, but I do know many people have enjoyed it =) For people looking for that happy ending, it does its job. Thanks for sharing!
I don’t really like to ponder what happened after the ending of GWTW, but I suppose, if I’m being honest, I hope they do reconcile. But I’m really not sure.
As for the stairs scene … personally, I don’t believe it was rape, because particularly in the book Scarlett realizes she wants him too (and like you said, the movie implies she enjoyed it). Yes, he forced himself on her beginning at the bottom of the stairs, but that scene, in terms of their story, is about so much more than the sex. It’s the whole process of her yielding to someone else - Rhett tried so many different ways to win her over, until he grew desperate and angry. Scarlett is so stubborn and controlling and ignorant of her own feelings that the only thing Rhett can do is to take her like that. That’s kind of a turning point between them in Scarlett’s mind, until he returns from abroad and is rude to her, interestingly enough, on the stairs - she doesn’t recognize her true feelings for him again until the very end. You could look at it from the modern perspective and strictly say, she said no, so it is rape - and it would be (but did she really ever say that? It’s not clear). But in the context of this story, I don’t believe it is.