Essay about Gone with the Wind Review

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Movie Review: Gone with the Wind David O. Selznick’s Gone with the Wind, is a film based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell. This film is set in Georgia the spring of 1861, and follows the life of a wealthy southern belle, Scarlett O’Hara. While the film focuses on the trial and tribulations of Scarlett’s love life, it also depicts life during the civil war, and after the civil war. Although the films depiction of southern life is somewhat reasonable, there are some historical inaccuracies. Because the movie is based in Scarlett O’Hara’s romances, the film romancitizes southern life and omits or twists details about the lives of the less fortunate. Despite these inaccuracies, Gone with the Wind does a good job of illustrating the …show more content…
Her character is not what we would typically see in the south during the civil war. Her manipulative and unreserved ways are strictly to keep the film entertaining. Women played a very big role in the South during the Civil War, as is depicted in the film. As the men went off to war, the women and children were left to take care of business back home. Southern women made many sacrifices during the war such as their time and livliehoods. They were left to be the ultimate provider for their family and had the new responsibility of overseeing farms or plantations. Women were even forced to jobs such as plowing, planting, and harvesting, because the serious shortage of manpower (Boyer & Clark). Women also played a significant role in the war as nurses, working in hospices filled with wounded Confederates. As depicted in the film, the gender roles switch during this time, as the women had to be the strong ones, caring for the weak, and helpless men. Probably the most obvious historical inaccuracy of Gone with the Wind is its portrait of the Southern slave. The film has a very simplistic view on slavery, most likely to keep the audience comfortable. The black slaves are portrayed as cheerful and childlike, always happy to oblidge. It stays true to the Southern view that the black people were happy to have such an opportunity to work on plantations, and that the white Southerners were

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