"Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?" -Scarlett
film meme» eight female characters [6/8]: Scarlett O’Hara
"Great balls of fire. Don’t bother me anymore, and don’t call me sugar."
Scarlett O’Hara is one of the strongest female characters ever created, brought forth in a time when women had few strong role models to look up to in fiction or otherwise.
Convention said a true lady was always polite, kept her mouth shut, did not show her own strength, and most certainly did not use her head. Her job was to patiently wait for a man to come rescue her, and look pretty while doing it.
Scarlett broke every rule, from the very first time we see her as a pampered southern belle, lost in the romance of the antebellum south, to the very last scene, where she realized that she has just lost the only man she ever truly loved. Yet she still fights on, promising herself that tomorrow is another day, she is a true heroine.
Her value as a character is immense. Throughout the story she grows and changes; some aspects of her personality are sharpened while others are worn down. When people speak of well-rounded characters, I always think of Scarlett O’ Hara.
Yes, she was manipulative, and yes she was quite often a spoiled little brat, but she had a strength and dignity about her that has inspired countless generations of women. It is her imperfections that brought her alive, that gave her so much room for growth. Each time she turns and gives the camera that look, I get chills. That one look tells you everything you ever needed to know about Scarlett. She is not going to let anything get in the way of the things she wants [x].