Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 28-29
Summary

Chapter 28

After the Yankees have finished up their attacks, everything is now more awful than ever before: little or no food to eat; and more houses destroyed. While Scarlett is making efforts to keep everybody alive, she is beginning to have bad dreams from the strain.

Frank Kennedy, Suellen’s lover, returns with his armed force unit during Christmas. He informs Scarlett and the others that the war will end soon, and reveals to them that Aunt Pittypat’s home survived notwithstanding the fact that quite a bit of Atlanta suffered massive destruction. Kennedy seeks Scarlett’s authorization to propose to Suellen, since Gerald is too weak to give his authorization. Scarlett accepts.

Chapter 29

Pork goes out on a journey to get supplies and brings back a lot of food. However, the food fails to light up anybody’s spirits when the news arrives: the Civil War has ended, and the South is the losing side. Everybody, with the exception of Scarlett, laments. Scarlett is primarily concerned with their daily living. She visits the neighbors and sees how everybody is finding life difficult. One young lady is wedding her dad’s Yankee worker since she needs a place to call home. Men are now figuring out how to be ranchers. The Tarleton area feels ghostly; all of the four children were executed in the war. Scarlett misses them, and becomes angry when she learns that Mrs. Tarleton spent a considerable amount of cash on extravagant gravestones for the young men.

Analysis

With its focus on Tara for the last few chapters, the story presently widens to incorporate stories of suffering from around the area. The war is authoritatively finished, yet the sufferings will go on, especially for the individuals who lost family and friends. Before he was detained, Ashley stressed that their much-loved Southern lifestyle was finished; he was correct. Scarlett can see how the ranches will not make the money as they once did. “Gentleman” ranchers currently should be plain agriculturists, working their own land to gather enough food to survive. A whole generation of Southern ladies will have no men to wed, as a large number of Confederate young men will never get back home — or will return home only to die a short while after.

Everybody sees the suffering and feels the sadness. However, Scarlett is all business: Suellen’s marriage implies one less mouth to feed; she has no tolerance for Carreen’s grieving over Brent Tarleton; and Beatrice Tarleton’s choice to spend cash on exquisite stones shock her. Scarlett needs no crying or complaining about the past; the dead will be dead, and the living will need some food to stay alive. The greater people will not share Scarlett’s mentality. But at that point, Scarlett never felt as excited about the Cause as her loved ones and family did. She will keep on being out of the picture with her general public, because — presently — she is excessively occupied with Tara, making it impossible to stress over it.

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