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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2022, 5(3); doi: 10.25236/FER.2022.050309.

Analyze the Status of Black People in Gone with the Wind


Shen Ying

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Shen Ying

Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation, Chengdu, China


This paper analyses the black people’s status showed in the novel,Gone with the Wind. It argues that their statue is revealed through the novel’s black character image creation, the presentation of the social system and the Yankees’ attitude toward black people. About the black people image creation, the author created various types, including absolute loyalty to white people, stupid and violent knowingly to smear the black image. In the novel, the position of the black people is also quite marginal. Besides, they had been discriminated against and trampled on in their social relations and couldn’t enjoy the same rights and obligations as the white people. At the same time, the author oppugns the purpose that the North gave black people freedom and points out the Yankees treated them even worse like abusing. Margaret through the perspective of Scarlett, well presents the situation that Northerners utilized black people and they never trusted them,. Therefore, compared with Northerners’ behaviours, it can achieve the aim to protest the superiority of slavery. On these details revealed in the novel, this situation has a root in the author’s prejudice. She lives in a society which discriminates against black people and that certainly becomes her attitude toward black people.


Black People; Social Status; the Civil War; Slavery

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Shen Ying. Analyze the Status of Black People in Gone with the Wind. Frontiers in Educational Research (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 3: 45-52. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2022.050309.


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