Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 14-16
Summary

Chapter 14

The Battle of Gettysburg occurred in July 1863, and Confederate misfortunes were overwhelming. Many people in Atlanta are anxious to see the casualty records, and Rhett speeds up the reading of the list, obviously out of consideration for Melanie. Ashley is not recorded, implying that he is alive. Yet, numerous others who Scarlett knew have died, including the four young men from the Tarleton family. Melanie and Scarlett pay a visit to a family whose eldest son was executed in the battle, and Melanie admits she wishes, with her entire being, to have a child.

Chapter 15

Ashley returns home on leave-of-absence. But Scarlett gets just a brief period alone with him, until the point before he clears out to go back to war. He talks honestly with her, and reveals that the Confederacy will lose the war. At that point, he approaches her to be close with her, and take care of her in the event anything occurs to him. Scarlett requests that Ashley kiss her as he departs, and she endeavors to turn a simple and soft, kindly kiss into a passionate affair. He begins to react, however, and pushes her away. Scarlett spills out her adoration for him; he does not react, despite the fact that Scarlett trusts what she sees, as passion and sadness, registered on his face.

Chapter 16

A couple of months later, Melanie reveals to Scarlett that she is pregnant, which leaves her crushed; she is not enthusiastic about the idea at all. The following day, they learn that Ashley is missing from the battle. Melanie frequents the broadcast office, waiting for any news, until the point that she passes out as a result of the strain, at which point Rhett brings her home. He utilizes his Union armed forces contacts to discover that Ashley has been detained at a dangerous camp in Illinois. The Yankees will discharge him in the event that he pledges faithfulness to the Union, yet he refuses to do so. While Scarlett cannot comprehend as to why, Melanie protects her partner’s choice of action. When she and Rhett are far away from everyone else, Scarlett inquires as to whether he would take the required oath to get out; Rhett responds that he would obviously take the oath, and believes Ashley is, excessively, a “man of his word” to accomplish something to that effect.

Analysis

Gettysburg was seemingly the defining moment of the American Civil War. The Confederate armed forces had attacked the North, and the Union armed force met them at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The fight seethed for three days. Numerous men were lost on the two sides, yet the Confederate misfortunes were more awful: around 28,000 men died.

At the point when Ashley gets to return home on leave-of-absence, Scarlett’s captivation becomes heightened. Be that as it may, it is unquestionably an infatuation — not love drawn deep down from the heart. Scarlett notes how Ashley appears to be tense and rambles, yet “seemed to say very little” about anything essential; she sees his dad watch him with a stressed look registered on his face. However, none of these things matter to her. Scarlett appears as if she is still a child; her Ashley must be tough, cunning, and great looking; a cardboard pattern of a man she does not by any means know; not a genuine individual who may have been unnerved by war — who may even think the war is a misstep.

Rhett regularly utilizes the word ‘gentleman’ as an affront, especially when alluding to Ashley. However, Rhett can be a man of honor when he desires to be. He helps Melanie when she goes out, and he is considerate with Scarlett as she understands which of her old lovers are dead. Subsequently, he gets in touch with the Yankees to discover the whereabouts of Ashley.

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