Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekend Quote 5: Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind depicted the American civil war between the Southerner and the Yankees. Just like any other wars, people were so anxious to take part in it; young men joined the army in the hope to be heroes of the country. They were willingly to sacrifice their lives for they believed they’d done it sacredly for their beloved country. But was it really so? Margaret Mitchell—through this book—asked us to see the truth, that war was only inflicted by certain parties for their own sakes; war was not something sacred, it only brought poverty and misery to the people, and lives would have changed completely for them.

This weekend I will share a quote from Ashley Wilkes, one of the young men who have joined the troop, one of the many who have enough sense to realize the truth, and gloomily foreseen the worse future of their lives. He was saying these in his letter to his wife.

I am not afraid of danger or capture or wounds or even death, if death must come, but I do fear that once this war is over, we will never get back to the old times. And I belong in those old times. I do not belong in this mad present of killing and I fear I will not fit into any future, try though I may. I do not know what the future will bring, but it cannot be as beautiful or as satisfying as the past.

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  1. It's beautiful. I like his quote. War is madness, that's fact.

    1. Yep! I think Ashley (whose words I quoted) is my fave character so far.

  2. Great idea, and a great quote. I am so enjoying reading Gone With the Wind again! :D

  3. I loved this quote! I'm having such a fun time rereading GWTW. I'm going to post my update for Part 1 soon. ♥

    1. Actually I always love when Ashley talks (or writes).


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