The End Does Not Justify The Means

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Articles
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I’m just about done with Gone With the Wind, so before I finish it, I wanted to say a few things about Scarlett, who is the main character. I’m actually not a big fan of Scarlett. After the Civil War and Reconstruction ruin her life, she has to fight to feed and cloth the people who are under her care, and she is willing to do anything in order to accomplish her goals, whether it be lie, steal, cheat, prostitute herself, or even steal her sister’s fiancee. She is quite willing to hurt others, and yet she resents it when other people hurt her or make her life more difficult (always the case with these types). Scarlett did not take God seriously, which is why she felt that she had to do everything in her power to achieve her ends. In other words, if somebody was to provide, it would have to be Scarlett.

Using her methods, Scarlett survived and made money, but at the same time, she lost the approval of nearly everyone she knew including her neighbors and her family. Proverbs 1:19 puts it like this: “Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.”

Even though I don’t like Scarlett, some aspects of her character could be considered positive. For example, early in the book, she ignores social constraints by dancing at an event after she was recently widowed – about a year. According to the customs of the time, she was not supposed to dance in public since her husband had died so recently. There were no rules against it, but it was frowned upon. Scarlett danced anyway. Some could say that this is a good thing, to not be worried about what others think of you, or to ignore social customs that are ignorant or unfounded.

Gone With The Wind is a very good book. The writing is excellent and the characters are very colorful and yet very believable. If you have not read this book, I would definitely recommend it to you.

by Dink

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