An Analysis of Gone With the Wind

Hattie McDaniel
10 June 1893 - 26 October 1952


A wonderful analysis indeed. I thought that Gone With the Wind was very well-written, and I thought that the movie version was very well-made. That being said, I can see the horrific levels of racism and sexism in both. 

Too many people these days refuse to take an objective view of anything, and anyone who has the least little favorable thing to say about a work that has been deemed problematic is automatically a horrible monster who approves of terrible things. It is very difficult to have a thoughtful discussion anymore.


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  1. Thanks for the link. It is indeed a thoughtful and sensible analysis.
    I am a big fan of the middle ground and find that fundamental anythings are scary. Very scary and also dangerous. That said, history should never be rewritten. We need to see it in its entirity if we are to avoid making the same mistakes.

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    1. That's exactly what I think. In the town where I lived beyond the age of 10, there was a strong influence by the KKK in the 1920s and 1930s. Later on, there were people trying to have this factor erased from the town's history. Unfortunately, I was too young to vote at that point. I was vehemently against doing so. Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.
      I'm politically liberal. That being said, I cannot align with the current extreme (regressive) left. The far right is awful in the same way it's ever been. The far left is cultish and McCarthyist. They don't much like it when people have too much to think.

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    2. Also, as a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, I acknowledge that the man had some xenophobic ideas. However, he was not a Nazi and he wasn't a monster. He was a very sheltered person who listened to fear-mongering about immigrants taking over the country. Also, as he got older, he refuted some of the ideas he'd held in his youth. He died in 1936, but in Frank Belknap Long's biography, Long stated that Lovecraft was horrified by the things he heard were happening in Germany.
      Lovecraft was not only a product of his time, he was the product of an extremely weird family. Neighbors who had known both him and his mother said that he was all right, just a bit eccentric and reclusive. His mother, on the other hand, was a real piece of work. Her verbal abusiveness shaped his view of himself. As a child, she would tell him that he was hideous and misshapen. It was no wonder that he lacked confidence and tended to be depressed.

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  2. Hello,

    Thanks for the review. I think we should have learned from past mistakes by now. Do you think there is a war on women? Enjoy your day and week ahead. Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy New Year, I wish you all the best in 2020!

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