Abstract: The study of Gone with the Wind has mainly concerned with such aspects as the historical background of the American Civil War, the relationship between slave owners and slaves, Scarlett's remarkable personality, and the conflicts between north and south cultures. Many more people read it as a love story. This thesis aims at analyzing the symbolic meaning of the land in this masterpiece to interpret this novel better. With application of sociology of novels the land is conferred with the protagonist Scarlett's love for the Tara, the power of kinship, the slavery civilization of southern America and the spiritual world of human beings as well as the reliance on it for the modern American.
Key words: land; Tara; sociology of novels; slavery civilization; spiritual world
Chapter 1 Introduction 3
Chapter 2 Literature Review ...4
2.1 Brief Introduction of Margaret Mitchell and Gone with the Wind 4
2.2 Previous Researches of Gone with the Wind .4
2.3 The Views about Sociology of Novels ..5
Chapter 3 Narrative Analysis of the Land ...7
3.1 Contextual Meaning of the Land ..7
3.2 Social Emotions of Novels of the Land 8
3.3 Social Function of Novels of the Land ... ..9
3.4 Living Circumstances of Novels of the Land ..11
3.4.1 Spiritual Symbolic Meaning of the Land .11
3.4.2 Social Symbolic Meaning of the Land .12
Chapter 1 Introduction
Gone with the Wind was written by the American woman novelist Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949) and published in 1936 which has been introduced to China about fifty years. Since now, it has been appreciated not only by the books, but also the... [continues]
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