The Pursuit of Happiness is hosting the Gone With the Wind group read, and here are a series of prompts to explore the featured novel:
Who is Margaret Mitchell? I have no idea, except that she is the author of GWTW. The only thing I knew already was how she tragically died. She was crossing a street with her husband to attend the theater when she was suddenly struck by a drunk driver. She died five days later.
When was she born? November 8, 1900
Where did she live? Atlanta, Georgia
What is an interesting and random fact about her life? Pertaining to GWTW, I read that she wrote the final chapter first, and then everything else followed, which took ten years to complete. I will ponder this when I read the final chapter. I also read that Mitchell grew up surrounded by family members who told her stories about the Civil War; and it wasn't until age ten that she learned the South had lost the War.
What do you think of her writing style? It agrees with my senses and comprehension abilities - so pleasant, thorough, smooth, and enjoyable. It feels very natural, especially if reading aloud.
Is there a particular quote in that stands out for you right now?
Ellen's life was not easy, nor was it happy, but she did not expect life to be easy, and, if it was not happy, that was a women's lot. It was a man's world, and she accepted it as such. The man owned the property, and the women managed it. The man took the credit for the management, and the women praised his cleverness. The man roared like a bull when a splinter was in his finger, and the woman muffled the moans of childbirth, lest she disturb him. Men were rough of speech and often drunk. Women ignored the lapses of speech and put the drunkards to bed without bitter words. Men were rude and outspoken, women were always kind, gracious, and forgiving.
During this reread, I have found Ellen, Scarlett's mother, to be an admirable character. I will speak more on her later.
Why do you think she may have written this book? When some people have a story to tell, they must write; if they don't, they will die (figuratively, of course). Maybe Mitchell did not necessarily care if GWTW was made public; nonetheless, she had this story growing inside for years, and it had to be told.