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SYMBOLISM / MOTIFS
Ashley Wilkes - symbolizes the old south
Rhett Butler - a type of all who were ostracized from society because they didn't conform to traditional expectations.
Scarlett - An early "women's activist"
Tara - Home, Scarlett's roots, the center of life which is worth fighting for.
Mammy, Pork and Old Sam - Types of the household slaves.
Contrary to some beliefs, the slaves are a valued part of the family and many were intensely loyal to the people they served.
The lumber mills - symbolize progress and independence, but their location on the outskirts of town also suggests alienation.
Aunt Pittypat's house - The best of the old south. That element of the old traditions which was real rather than artificial and was therefore able to withstand the wind of war and change.
Melanie - Pride and courage born of character rather than money and therefore able to function as a pillar of support for other people.