Anyone that knows me well knows that one of my favorite movies (and books) is GONE WITH THE WIND. Lots of women say that, I'm sure, but have they really thought about why they love it so much? Maybe. I know I have.
Scarlett O'Hara is a seriously flawed woman. She's impulsive, temperamental and sometimes downright unlikeable. I can relate. However, the beautifully written and developed characters aren't the only thing that makes this story great. It is chocked full of life lessons.
#1 - A woman can do anything she sets her mind to, even in a man's world.
Scarlett ran a business while the other ladies were baking. She did what needed to be done, and she did it like a boss.
Scarlett took care of her family, got the plantation running again and built everything back from ashes with only a few tears and outbursts.
Mellie stuck by Scarlett through thick and thin, even though everybody in town whispered how Scarlett was after her husband. Everybody needs a ride or die kind of friend like that.
In the novel, Scarlett had the smallest waist in the county, but she wasn't the most beautiful. Scarlett knew how to get what she wanted and used what she had. She wasn't just a pretty face. The movie, of course, cast Vivien Leigh, who I can't imagine playing anything less than the most beautiful woman anywhere, and also did a fantastic job of her role, however, from just the standpoint of the way she looks, it was somewhat inaccurate.
Scarlett impulsively marries a young fool, later sets her sights on an old, ugly one for money, and consistently stays in love with a blithering weakling. I dare say women could all somehow categorize men into GONE WITH THE WIND archetypes - Ashley Wilkes, Charles Hamilton, Frank Kennedy and Rhett Butler. Which brings me to the last point...
Rhett wasn't weak like Ashley, stupid like Charles or boring like Frank. He was confident, charming and smart, not to mention he adored Scarlett for her good qualities as well as the bad.
He was exciting, a blockade runner, a professional gambler and held little regard for what anyone thought of him, yet had a huge heart when it came to the people he loved. I'm not sure how many Rhetts are out there, but if you find one, count yourself lucky. I'm betting you had to wade through a lot of Charles, Franks and Ashleys to find him!