Gone with the Wind Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who does Scarlett love when she is younger? What news does she hear that puts her feelings in danger?

She loves Ashley Wilkes. Scarlett hears that Ashley plans to marry Melanie Hamilton and will be announcing their engagement at the picnic at Twelve Oaks.

2. How do the first three chapters of the novel portray Scarlett O'Hara? What adjective would you use to describe her? Provide evidence from the novel for your answer.

The first three chapters describe Scarlett as a spoiled, willful young woman. She is used to getting her own way and is upset that she can't stop Ashley from marrying Melanie. She is sometimes a difficult daughter for her parents and she is manipulative. The novel states that she has learned to use her charms over men to get what she wants.

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