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Your Turn: Scarlett O'Hara

From Gone With The Wind.
Book by Margaret Mitchell
movie directed by Victor Fleming
Nominated by Sabrina Stevens

If ever there was a character who has made an impression on American society, it is Scarlett O'Hara of Gone with the Wind. From the time the book was written, to the first airing of the movie based on the book, and subsequent showings of the movie, Scarlett O'Hara is a heroine that all Americans, male and female, can look up.

Her ability to be headstrong and stubborn and to go after what she wants (or thinks she wants) despite what society might think, show us that despite what others say, what hardships may come our way, we must always stick to the what we believe in, to forge ahead and never give up.

Even when things are darkest, she exemplifies the meaning of "Tomorrow is another day" and of course, another day to fight on and to hope. Scarlett O'Hara has been an inspiration to me since I first read Margaret Mitchell's classic in junior high in the '70s and to this day, no one, real or fictional, has come close to making such an impression. She has taught me to follow my dream and to never give up.