But at the end of the book, the Narrator is left mute and powerless in an asylum because his tongue is rotting in a sweaty basement somewhere, along with his sanity and any hope we may have had for the future of humanity.
Gone With The Wind Poses The KKK As Heroes
Gone With The Wind was basically our grandparents' Titanic: overblown, overrated, and making more money at the box office than the GDP of most European nations.
It follows the rise and fall and rise of Scarlett O'Hara, a sassy vixen who takes no shit, during and after the Civil War, as she marries resident heartthrob/asshole Rhett Butler. It's about as accurate a portrayal of the times as Lord Of The Rings was of medieval England. For those interested, there were fewer hobbits, as most lived in Spain at the time.
They nailed slavery and pretty white women choosing "flat tummies" over "breathing," but that's it.
Gone With The Wind does feature a borderline rape scene which is quickly gotten over, but there's much worse than that in the book ...
In the film, when driving her buggy through Shantytown, Scarlett is attacked by a white man ...
In the book, however, the guy is black. And that makes all the difference, because Gone With The Wind does not take place in a culture much interested in equality.
The Scene From The Book:
In the book, shit gets so racist that you'd think it was a Reddit subforum. First off, the guy is described thus: "a squat black negro with shoulders and chest like a gorilla," and she can "smell the rank odor of him." Then the KKK turn up to "resolve the issue" (that of a black man sexually assaulting a white woman), and are considered a "tragic necessity!" That's right, the KKK are the fucking good guys in the novel!
The KKK are beaten to the punch (or shooting), however, by none other than Rhett "I don't give a damn" Butler, who takes the law into his own hands, then lies and bribes his way out of prison. His reasoning?
"For the crime of being uppity, you have been sentenced to death in the South."
Remember that borderline-rape scene from earlier? Yeah, it involved the same woman (Scarlett), but it wasn't this street fellow ... it was Rhett. But hey, what else is a Southern gentleman to do?
The movie kept the sex scene, but removed all the racism from the film by changing the offender to a white guy and referring to Klan rallies as "Oh yeah, I have to go this this, er, town meeting thing ..."
"He needed to borrow all our white sheets and pillowcases. They are probably having a sleepover."
Which just goes to show that sometimes the film is better than the book.
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