In 1939, David O Selznick produced a film of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gone with the Wind. The movie proved to be among the most important in the history of world cinema. To this day, in fact, it remains the American box office champion when adjusted for inflation. In 1940, the film won a record-breaking eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Recently, however, Gone with the Wind has increasingly come under fire due to allegations of racism in the movie. Consequently, its reputation has fallen in many critical circles.
The film tells the story of a Southern family who fight on the side of the Confederacy in the American Civil War. Scarlett O’Hara, the main character, is a slave owner whose civilization goes to war to preserve the right to own and degrade African Americans. Life before the Civil War, during the days of slavery, is depicted as a golden age.
Scarlett’s maid and confidante, Mammy, is not even given a first name in the script. Meanwhile, Butterfly McQueen, who portrayed Prissy, a house servant whom Scarlett slaps across the face at one point in the film, was told by the director to deliver a hysterical performance emphasizing the character’s dim-wittedness, speaking to age-old negative stereotypes. Civil rights activist Malcolm X wrote of his embarrassment seeing Butterfly McQueen’s performance as Prissy that it made him want to crawl under the rug of the theater.
For all of these reasons, when watching Gone with the Wind today, modern viewers cannot help but feel admiration for how far the movie industry has come since its infancy. There is much to be embarrassed about in the early days of Hollywood films.
The text and the lecture offer two opposing views on the movie Gone with the Wind. While the text states that the movie shows a racist depiction of African-Americans during the Civil War, the professor challenges all the specific points presented in the reading and argues that allegations of racism in the movie is overstated.
First of all, the professor states that the movie did not depict the idea that slavery was right. The lecturer argues that Gone with the Wind did not romanticized slavery as suggested by the reading passage. According to the text, the movie portrays life before the Civil War as ideal. Nevertheless, the professor opposes this point by explaining that the movie critizices the decision of going into war, since it was hasty. The lecturer argues that, in any moment ,the movie sends the message that slavery was right. On the contrary, it also contains feminist themes. The movie critisized the treatment towards woman, who later experience better opportunities after the Civil War.
Secondly, the lecturer suggests that Mammy portrayed a rich and complex character. Although Mammy was not given a name in the script, the professor argues that the text is missing the point of the real impact of Mammy´s character. According to her, the movie shows a person who is unafraid and protective, characteristics that the author of the text fails to notice.
Finally, the professor contends that Prissy´s character delivered a unique character with a rebellious element. While some people might perceive her performance as too hysterical, they are overlooking Prissy´s rebellious and complex character. Butterfly McQueen portrays a character that is not afraid to show her discontentment with the situation. Furthermore, she argues that the author is overlooking the job opportunities that the movie provided to the black community. Thanks to the movie, black actors were able to path the way for the black community for further career opportunities in the movie industry.
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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 3, column 151, Rule ID: DID_BASEFORM
Message: The verb 'did' requires the base form of the verb: 'romanticize'
... argues that Gone with the Wind did not romanticized slavery as suggested by the reading pas...
Line 3, column 465, Rule ID: COMMA_PARENTHESIS_WHITESPACE
Message: Put a space after the comma, but not before the comma
... The lecturer argues that, in any moment ,the movie sends the message that slavery...
Transition Words or Phrases used:
also, but, finally, first, furthermore, if, look, nevertheless, second, secondly, so, while, as to, first of all, on the contrary
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 11.0 10.4613686534 105% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 1.0 5.04856512141 20% => OK
Conjunction : 5.0 7.30242825607 68% => OK
Relative clauses : 17.0 12.0772626932 141% => OK
Pronoun: 23.0 22.412803532 103% => OK
Preposition: 32.0 30.3222958057 106% => OK
Nominalization: 7.0 5.01324503311 140% => OK
Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 1697.0 1373.03311258 124% => OK
No of words: 321.0 270.72406181 119% => OK
Chars per words: 5.28660436137 5.08290768461 104% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.23278547379 4.04702891845 105% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.93229005022 2.5805825403 114% => OK
Unique words: 162.0 145.348785872 111% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.504672897196 0.540411800872 93% => More unique words wanted or less content wanted.
syllable_count: 513.9 419.366225166 123% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.55342163355 103% => OK
A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 3.0 3.25607064018 92% => OK
Article: 13.0 8.23620309051 158% => OK
Subordination: 4.0 1.25165562914 320% => Less adverbial clause wanted.
Conjunction: 0.0 1.51434878587 0% => OK
Preposition: 5.0 2.5761589404 194% => OK
Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 17.0 13.0662251656 130% => OK
Sentence length: 18.0 21.2450331126 85% => The Avg. Sentence Length is relatively short.
Sentence length SD: 41.185377188 49.2860985944 84% => OK
Chars per sentence: 99.8235294118 110.228320801 91% => OK
Words per sentence: 18.8823529412 21.698381199 87% => OK
Discourse Markers: 7.58823529412 7.06452816374 107% => OK
Paragraphs: 4.0 4.09492273731 98% => OK
Language errors: 2.0 4.19205298013 48% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 4.0 4.33554083885 92% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 9.0 4.45695364238 202% => Less negative sentences wanted.
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 4.0 4.27373068433 94% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.107476385871 0.272083759551 40% => The similarity between the topic and the content is low.
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0378252547236 0.0996497079465 38% => Sentence topic similarity is low.
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0314313131172 0.0662205650399 47% => Sentences are similar to each other.
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.0695219653373 0.162205337803 43% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0306759934773 0.0443174109184 69% => OK
automated_readability_index: 12.9 13.3589403974 97% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 53.21 53.8541721854 99% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 5.55761589404 158% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 10.3 11.0289183223 93% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 13.4 12.2367328918 110% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.32 8.42419426049 99% => OK
difficult_words: 77.0 63.6247240618 121% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 11.0 10.7273730684 103% => OK
gunning_fog: 9.2 10.498013245 88% => OK
text_standard: 9.0 11.2008830022 80% => OK
What are above readability scores?
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Rates: 81.6666666667 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 24.5 Out of 30
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