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  • I believe the author has a psychological background, because even the protagonist’s defense mechanisms are explored in detail

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      Gone with the Wind, the unabridged edition is a thick book, indeed, thicker and larger than the Bible. It is called the unabridged edition because it is closest to the original manuscript of the author, Margaret Mitchell. Of course, this version underwent editing too, but compared to regular or even paperback versions, many descriptions have been significantly altered, especially battle scenes and historical accounts of the American Civil War.

      I have read this book from high school, and many times at that, because I had to submit a lengthy research paper to my English teacher about the subject. I fell in love


      with this book, which makes me a great admirer of Mitchell’s prose. Too bad, this was the only book she managed to complete because she died a tragic death after being struck by a vehicle as she crossed the street. This is one of the reasons why the novel’s appeal has increased exponentially. After all, dead artists usually realize a tremendous increase in their work’s monetary value when they pass away. This is tragic but true.

      Follow my advice, if you want to understand the American Civil War, by all means, feel free to use this novel as ...


      • a reference material. Although the point of view towards the Confederates, or the soldiers of the Southern American states which fought the Union, Abraham Lincoln’s army, there are many things you will learn from the information provided, such as the feelings and motivations of the battle generals who orchestrated the battles.

        But do not forget, Gone with the Wind is first and foremost a love story, which exploits the character of a manipulative Southern belle by the name of Scarlett O’Hara. I find her character so true to form, so real, which would probably explain why the book, and subsequently the movie,

        was so successful. I believe the author has a psychological background, because even the protagonist’s defense mechanisms are explored in detail. For example, when undergoing great tribulations in her life during the war, Scarlett would often put the present at the back of her mind, saying: “I’ll think about it tomorrow, after all, tomorrow’s another day.”

        The unabridged edition of Gone with the Wind is definitely a great book to read, if you have the patience and the passion for reading. Otherwise, you will probably not appreciate the grandiose nature of Mitchell’s prose writing, which I daresay is second to none.




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