Feminism in Gone With the Wind Essay
At this same event, Scarlett steps out of the norm of a feminist. She is dressed in mourning after her first husband, Charles Hamilton, dies shortly after joining the army. Rhett Butler is in attendance and invites Scarlett to dance. This is where she exhibits her new role change and accepts his invitation. In normal widowhood, Scarlett would refrain from laughter and pleasure, such as dancing.
With history still in the making with the fighting of the Civil War, we find as the Old South slowly dies down, the New South is rising up. This is best shown thought Ashley and Melanie who represent everything the Old South is about. Ashley is one who stands for a southern gentlemen and Melanie who is gentle, soft spoken, and a southern belle. Melanie is one who follows the cult of true womanhood.
Another point showing that Scarlett O'Hara is not a feminist, is within her character traits. She has determination that will stop at nothing until she has concurred what she wants or needs to survive. This is complete opposite of submission, which falls under the cult of true womanhood. Scarlett is determined to survive and