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In Margaret Mitchell's epic novel, Gone with the Wind, Scarlett is a colorful character with many sides. eNotes.com provides a clear picture of Scarlett's characteristics. The novel shows that she is a spoiled Southern belle. For instance, the unrealistic Scarlett at first refutes any danger of war:
Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides... there isn't going to be any war...If either of you boys says 'war' just once again, I'll go in the house and slam the door.
Scarlett is described as preoccupied with the superficial at first (her beauty and Ashley's handsomeness), but tragedy changes her. She becomes brave and tenacious. She is able to weigh difficult situations, find the reality of the moment, and making difficult choices. She has changed into a strong and motivated survivor, interested not only in her own best interests, but also of "her people" for her family has come to depend on her.
In trying to help the family survive the ruin of the South in the midst of the Civil War, another quotation shows Scarlett's dedication in turning things around, not only for her home, Tara, but also for the financial stability necessary for the family to survive.
As God is my witness, as God is my witness, the Yankees aren't going to lick me. I'm going to live through this, and when it's over, I'm never going to be hungry again. No, nor any of my folks. If I have to steal or kill—as God is my witness, I'm never going to be hungry again.
Scarlett has no compunction as to how she reaches her goals—especially where her family is concerned. She steals her sister's fiance', Frank Kennedy, because he has a modest amount of money, which can be used to settle Scarlett's debts.
We find that through all the trial and tribulation that Scarlett faces, her duplicity and scheming, two dead husbands and one who finally leaves her, she is still a hopeful person, willing to work hard to get what she wants. At the end of the story, after Rhett has left, Scarlett's response is:
Tara! Home. I'll go home. And I'll think of some way to get him back. After all... tomorrow is another day.
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