Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 50-51
Summary

Chapter 50

Scarlett regularly asks why Rhett agreed to marry her; she cannot figure out how he feels about her. She is very clear about how she feels. When she learns she is pregnant, she decides to do something about it; the book’s wording is unclear, but she is alluding to an unlawful abortion. Rhett responds with fear, advising her to not do anything hazardous on the grounds that she could die. Scarlett thinks about whether she truly means that much to him; he playfully answers that he has invested a large amount of money in her.

Rhett and Scarlett have a daughter, Bonnie. Everybody is stunned by Rhett’s response to parenthood. He is elated to have a little girl and turns into a wonderful father instantly. His emotion even wins over Mammy, who at long last wears her red petticoat.

Chapter 51

Scarlett goes to the plant and has a private talk with Ashley. He is not profiting from the factory since he goes very easy on the employees, and beseeches her to stop working with the convicts. Ashley believes that Scarlett’s insatiability originates from Rhett’s influence, and he rages about how Rhett has “hardened” and “brutalized” her innocent soul. Scarlett, moved by his worry, chooses to keep herself modest and to respect him. As a reward, this will enable her to stop getting pregnant.

She goes home and reports her desire to Rhett, who promptly knows she is considering Ashley once more. He advises her she is breaking their understanding, yet he shows no worry about her need to stay modest. Rhett says in the event that he truly needed her he would demand it, however he distinctly reveals to her she cannot anticipate that he will be devoted to her under such conditions.

Analysis

These two sections offer the stark difference between Rhett’s real self and how other people view him. His passion for Bonnie is adorable, and seemingly amazing to the individuals who do not have any knowledge of him. Mitchell laid the foundation for this, by indicating his times of love toward Scarlett. Mammy’s endorsement is the last evidence of Rhett’s integrity. As Mitchell noted before in the book, Southerners constantly need to be respected by their slaves or workers. Scarlett is especially stung when Uncle Peter — Aunt Pittypat’s servant — or Mammy scrutinizes her conduct. Mammy’s thoughts of Rhett signals that he may be a preferred individual over Scarlett now.

Ashley thinks Rhett has totally destroyed Scarlett’s goodness, which exhibits how terrible Ashley is feeling. Rhett has regularly disliked Scarlett’s decisions, yet she has constantly done what she feels as suitable to her situation. All things considered, she is bothered to have Ashley point the finger at her awful characteristics and Rhett’s impact on her. Enlivened by Ashley’s words, she chooses to quit making love with Rhett so she can keep herself chaste for Ashley.

After becoming aware of her arrangement, Rhett is baffled; he reveals to her they made a deal, and she is breaking it. He promptly knows this is about Ashley, but does not understand why Ashley never approached her to be faithful to him. Rhett advises Scarlett to do as she satisfies; he can get fulfillment elsewhere. It is just later that Scarlett acknowledges what she is surrendering. Like a child, she goes for things without thinking about their possible outcomes. She broke an agreement with Rhett once previously, and he cautioned her there would be consequences. Eventually, Scarlett will discover what those outcomes are.

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