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What significance is there to Irish heritage in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind?

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seanner | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2009 at 3:33 PM via web

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What significance is there to Irish heritage in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 28, 2009 at 9:16 AM (Answer #2)

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Have you read the so-called sequel, Scarlett, by Alexandra Ripley? The O'Haras' Irish heritage plays a huge role in that novel.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 14, 2009 at 10:19 AM (Answer #3)

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True. And that is ironic considering that, upon visiting the Margaret Mitchell home in Atlanta (the museum), the first thing that comes in the tour are all the Irish superstitions that the family abided by, and the Irishness is quite a strong element in the everyday life of the author.  It is most interesting. Would be great if you could visit it, though it is not as historical as you would think, but the diaries of the family are there.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 15, 2009 at 1:04 AM (Answer #4)

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It only appears in the sequel to Gone With the Wind. I have the feeling that there is nothing that trumps an iconic war like the Civil War backdrop that was the setting ofr the story.  To infuse Irish culture would have detracted from the grandness of it.

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