Per usual, I’m still behind in our reading, but I want to discuss anyway.
So I’ll suggest a few topics below, you answer. Then we’ll hash it out in the comments!
• By now in your reading, the war has ended. How is Atlanta different after the war? How is Scarlett different? How does the war change/affect all of our main characters?
• Upon his return to Tara, Ashley terms himself a coward. Do you agree? Disagree? Why do you think he says that?
• After the war, Scarlett doesn’t really seem to care what others think and does whatever she wants. Earlier in the novel, much is made of her mother and Mammy’s (and society in general) attempts to keep her living and acting according to the standards set out by polite society. Why do you think Scarlett no longer cares? Other families seem to be trying to live according to the old ways, but it isn’t really working? Why?
• What do you think is the overarching theme of Gone with the Wind? How does the story of Scarlett help to flesh out that theme?
Let’s talk in the comments! Can’t wait to read what you’re thinking 😉
Next week’s reading:
Chapters 36-47 discussion