Gone with the Wind

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Ever since I watched Scarlett being swept off her feet by the indomitable Rhett, I've always loved Gone with the Wind.

More than a love story set amidst the American Civil War, it was a movie which made me think. A lot of people have criticised the film due to the supposed 'glorification' of slavery, but I would like to think of it as a factual depiction of the events of the day.

I idolised Scarlett O'Hara. Well... not in the 'sleeping over at airports and screaming every time someone mentions her name' sense, but I was pretty awed by her character. She wasn't a demure girl and she didn't blindly follow the norm. She couldn't care less for the activities which enthralled many girls in those days, while waiting to be betrothed. She was conniving, brash, unyielding and totally fearless. She never placed herself as a damsel in distress (even when she needed help) - instead, she did what she had to do, regardless of the consequences. She lived for the moment.
"Rhett Butler: With enough courage, you can do without a reputation."
In 1939, that line would be considered quite a revolutionary statement. So it's ok to not be bothered by what people think, and if you're courageous enough, you live life according to your rules. Our decision and choices need not be governed by other people's opinions.

It was an eye opening revelation to me, and set the precedence for many decisions I've made in life.

"Rhett Butler: No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."
I passed them by a few nights ago. They were frozen in time, giving life to an otherwise ordinary roller shutter. It made me stop, mid-stride, and reminisce to the first time I ever saw the movie as a starry eyed teen. Rhett and Scarlett taught me to always seize the moment and take risks, because some opportunities never knock twice.

It was a love story like no other, because not everything in life have happy endings.


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5 comments :

  1. Oh wow! that's cool
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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  2. I have never really watched the movie to the end but I love the character of Scarlett O'hara. You are lucky to find that beautiful painting. Who was behind this gorgeous art I wonder!

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  3. It's wonderful how random sights bring forth so much memories and feelings from the past :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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