Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 60-61

Chapter 60

After Bonnie’s passing, everything is not right. Scarlett is discouraged; Rhett is even more destroyed. He starts drinking intensely and cannot even hold his alcohol. Scarlett feels he spends quite a bit of his energy and time at Belle’s.

Since Scarlett hides the amount of anguish and pain with which she mourns Bonnie, individuals think she is cold and less bothered compared with Rhett. Scarlett acknowledges how, nowadays, she only needs to converse with a small number of individuals; indeed, even Mammy has requested to return to Tara. Just Melanie, Ashley, and Aunt Pittypat will visit her, and Rhett will scarcely address her. Scarlett is separated from everyone else.

Chapter 61

Scarlett is in Marietta when she gets a message from Rhett saying Melanie is extremely ill. In acknowledging the amount she values Melanie, she races home. Rhett meets her at the station and says Melanie was pregnant and had a miscarriage. She is now staring at death.

Scarlett is devastated, as she considers how central Melanie has been to her life; how frequently she inclined toward Melanie as the years progressed. At the point when Melanie requests for her, Scarlett is permitted into the room. Melanie approaches her to watch over Beau and Ashley, after she is no more.

Scarlett seeks for Ashley, trusting he can console her, but he is similarly troubled. She, at long last, is rising to reality, and inquires why he did not acknowledge Melanie when he had her. Scarlett says Ashley may have needed Melanie for her body, yet he truly cherished her. Ashley’s face communicates to her that she is right. Presently, Scarlett thinks she never extremely adored Ashley by any stretch of the imagination; she cherished her thought of him, and that thought had no similarity to the real world. Presently, she wants Ashley on the grounds that she made the promise to Melanie that she would take care of him. With the exception of that promise, she considers that, “I wouldn’t care if I never saw him again.”


Melanie’s is the main deathbed scene in the book — although there are many deaths — and there is a reason for that. Losing Melanie wakes Scarlett up to some hard realities. Likewise, it revives old pains. Scarlett never got the opportunity to say farewell to Ellen, her mother, and scarcely had sufficient energy to mourn; Melanie’s passing resembles losing Ellen all over again.

Her passing ought not to come as a surprise, either to Scarlett or the reader. She appeared to be in pain, as Beau’s birth was troublesome, and medics cautioned her against having another child. However, regardless of all these troubles, Melanie’s demise is a massive blow. As a parent, Melanie has been ever-present since the novel’s initial stages. Besides, Scarlett and others have depended on her without acknowledging it.

Regularly in pieces of literature, a parent’s death acts as an impetus, compelling a character to grow up. Scarlett grows a bit when her mother passes, while Gerald, her father, loses his mind — yet, she advances in character when Melanie dies. Presently, she is taking care of Ashley, who appears to occupy her thoughts intensely. During the awful years back at Tara, Scarlett must be in charge of weaker individuals — but this time, she will do it without Melanie’s assistance.

At the point when Scarlett, at long last, acknowledges she does not love Ashley, it is not really amazement to a keen reader. Hitherto, Scarlett’s affections for Ashley have appeared to be shallow, a creation of her own imagination. She really liked Ashley, similar to how a young person may have for a celebrity or musician. Presently, out of the blue, Scarlett loathes Ashley for the manner in which he has disappointed her, Melanie, and himself. Rhett has made this proposal for a considerable length of time, and Scarlett fervently shielded Ashley. Presently, she understands Rhett to be correct.

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