Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 24

Everybody spends the night in the wagon, depleted and thirsty. They journey toward Tara, passing once-prominent firms now consumed to the ground. Prissy is clueless and

Scarlett is exceptionally cross with her, calling her “nigger”, and even hitting her with a whip. Scarlett is happy and appreciative to see Tara still standing, however she learns that her mother has passed on, and her two sisters are sick. The main slaves left at Tara are Mammy, Pork, and Dilcey (Pork’s partner).

Gerald is devastated and frustrated by Ellen’s demise; and so, Scarlett assumes responsibility. She puts Gerald to bed, sends Pork to find some food, and gets Dilcey to help Melanie and the baby. With Mammy’s assistance, Scarlett keeps an eye on Suellen and Carreen. She understands that her family got typhoid after her mother breastfed the Slattery’s. The Yankees did not burn Tara in light of the presence of the sick ladies upstairs, yet they utilized the house as their base. They destroyed all the estate’s cotton and took all the food. At this point, Scarlett feels overwhelmed by her new obligations, and drinks a portion of her father’s whisky on an empty stomach, where she gets terribly drunk. As Mammy and Dilcey put her to bed, Scarlett feels that an O’Hara can’t rely upon any other people. Family pride and the love of the land are deep down in Scarlett’s heart — as her father once noted. She is resolved they will all survive.


Like a youngster, Scarlett believed that everything would be good in the event that she could simply return home to Tara. Be that as it may, now that she is home, the situation is not alright by any stretch of the imagination; they can never be alright again. Her mother’s death and her father’s psychological state means that Scarlett — with every one of her qualities, and every one of her shortcomings — is in control at Tara. Pork, Mammy, and Gerald address her as though she is a child, yet she is the one person left who can take care of the estate.

Officially, a portion of Scarlett’s less impressive characteristics has come to the surface. She is excessively cruel to Prissy, apart from referring to her as a nigger — a word Scarlett knows her mother could never utilize. She is irritable and needs things to be done her way, as it generally has always been. Scarlett additionally defies another rule about “what women do” when she gets intoxicated with alcohol, yet it appears to be trivial considering what she has experienced.

Racist inclinations come through very clearly in this section. The Tara slaves — even Pork and Mammy, who can recall at the point when Scarlett was born — are incapable of settling on a choice without a white individual around to help them. Mitchell alludes to the slaves as “child-like”, but she likewise makes references to them as monkeys.

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