Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Scarlett O’Hara, a Georgia belle. Gently bred on Tara plantation and the wife of Charles Hamilton, she finds herself, through the fortunes of war, a widow and the mistress of a ruined plantation with a family to feed. With an indomitable will to survive and an unquenchable determination to keep Tara, she improves her fortunes with the aid of her own native abilities and opportunistic marriages to Frank Kennedy and Rhett Butler.
Ashley Wilkes, Scarlett O’Hara’s sensitive, sophisticated neighbor, with whom she fancies herself in love. His genteel sensibilities and quiet resignation are a poor match for Scarlett’s practicality and strong will, which she realizes in the end.
Rhett Butler, a cynical, wealthy blockade runner, Scarlett O’Hara’s third husband. Knowing Scarlett for the unscrupulous materialist that she is, he nevertheless admires her will to survive and is plagued with a love for her, which he finally overcomes just as she discovers that it is Rhett and not Ashley Wilkes that she loves.
Charles Hamilton, Scarlett’s first husband, whom she marries for spite.
Frank Kennedy, Scarlett’s second husband, whom she marries for money.
Melanie (Hamilton) Wilkes
Melanie (Hamilton) Wilkes, Ashley Wilkes’s reticent, ladylike wife.
Gerald O’Hara and
Ellen O’Hara, Scarlett’s parents.
Bonnie Blue Butler
Bonnie Blue Butler, the daughter of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler.
Suellen O’Hara, Scarlett’s sister.
Miss Pittypat, Melanie Wilkes’s aunt.
India Wilkes, Ashley Wilkes’s sister.
Mammy, Scarlett’s nurse.