I take an interest in evaluating things - especially people. Today, I'm going to evaluate an aspect about myself.
I am a contradiction. One side of me is quiet, shy, thoughtful, reserved, and unassertive, like Jane Bennet. The other side of me is more like Elizabeth Bennet. The Elizabeth Bennet part of me is talkative, spirited, and of a more open temper. This part of me is also cheerful, energetic, and hyper...perhaps a bit like Emma Woodhouse?
|Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton |
in Gone with the Wind.
...where was I?
Melanie Hamilton and Scarlett O'Hara are like two opposite elements of human nature. Melanie seems to be the opposite of Scarlett in every way. If I were to express their differences using color, I would paint cool colors to represent Melanie, and warm colors to represent Scarlett. Whenever I watch Gone with the Wind, I find myself relating to and sympathising (Living in America, I presume I'm supposed to spell sympathise with a z, but I prefer to revolt and do it the British way. An s looks better, anyway...) with both Melanie and Scarlett. Underneath the English-like coolness and reserved attitude (the reserved attitude is known to be present in English culture), I am more like Scarlett, and the Irish in me comes to life. Irish women are known for their fiery temper. They are strong and spirited, which I believe was present especially in the time of the Celts, and the Pre-Celts, as well. Pre-Celtic and Celtic culture perceived women as equal, and they were very powerful and full of spirit. This reminds me of the women in Spartan culture. Spartan girls were trained physically for fitness as well as the boys, and Spartan women had more rights and were more equal compared to Athenian women. Of course not all Irish women are as I have depicted, but in my eyes, those that are shy are most likely spirited beneath. Who knows? They could just be hiding it.
|Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.|