Scarlett is an incredibly domineering female protagonist for being a mere woman during the Civil War era. This natural-born survivor is complex, cunning, selfish, demanding, tenacious and a complete pain in the a** when it comes to getting her way. And what's even more interesting is how her character evolved throughout the story. I thought I'd highlight her brief introduction in Mitchell's words about Scarlet:
“Scarlet O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father. But it was an arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green without a touch of hazel, starred with bristly black lashes and slightly tilted at the ends. Above them, her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin-that skin so prized by Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils and mittens against hot Georgia suns.”
― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
Classic quotes from Scarlett:
- Scarlett:"I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow."
- Scarlett: "Tara! Home. I'll go home. And I'll think of some way to get him back. After all... tomorrow is another day."
- Scarlett: "Cathleen, who's that?"
Cathleen Calvert: "Who?"
Scarlett: "That man looking at us and smiling. The nasty, dark one."
Cathleen Calvert: "My dear, don't you know? That's Rhett Butler. He's from Charleston. He has the most terrible reputation."
Scarlett: "He looks as if... as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy."
- Scarlett: "Fiddledee dee"
- Scarlett: "As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."
- Scarlett: "Oh, Rhett," she laughs. "I want everybody who's been mean to me to be pea-green with envy!"
And one of my favs:
Scarlett: "Sir, you are no gentleman."
Rhett Butler: "And you, Miss, are no lady."
Scarlett was completely imperfect which is one reason why she was so memorable. Do you like/hate this classic character? Did you appreciate how her character evolved in the story?