Presentation on theme: "Rhett Butler is a fictional character, the handsome, dashing hero of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The novel introduces him as."— Presentation transcript:
Rhett Butler is a fictional character, the handsome, dashing hero of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The novel introduces him as the problem-solving pragmatist who is sure that the South cannot win a protracted war with the North.The novel describes Rhett as "a visitor from Charleston;" a black sheep, he was kicked out of West Point and he is not accepted by any family with repute in the whole of Charleston, and perhaps all of South Carolina. He meets with Scarlett O’Hara after she had already lost her first husband, Charles Hamilton. Rhett, the dashing blockade runner, shocks the entire charity ball that was being thrown to raise money for the confederate troops, by asking to dance with Scarlett, something that was heresy in the Antebellum South. Rhett joins the Confederate soldiers for their one last stand. Meanwhile Scarlett rushed into yet another marriage with a man that she didn’t love. While Scarlett is torn with guilt of causing the death of her second husband, Rhett appears and offers a marriage proposal, promising to give her everything. Scarlett accepts for the money. However Rhett sees through her scam and when he finally gets Scarlett's love, he is not happy and leaves with his famous Parthian shot that has since been immortalized: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."