How does Scarlett’s world compare to our modern world in terms of social standards and etiquette, world events, resources, romance, and expectations? Create a bulletin board display comparing the old to the new. Would Scarlett survive according to modern standards?
Rewrite the ending of the novel for one of the following options: Scarlett marries Ashley, or Scarlett and Rhett reconcile.
Create a phony dating ad for Scarlett on a singles web site. Students can answer questions such as what is her favorite color, how would she spend a Saturday night, what are her relationship intentions, what are her work ethics and religious beliefs, and so forth. Take this ad and activity one step further by providing a set of fictional suitors from other literary classics.
Ask students to research and possibly demonstrate etiquette and manners from the antebellum South. Why were these limitations placed on society? Compare the etiquette and expectations of civilized society from the past to our modern standards.
Recast actors in a modern version of the classic film. Which parts of the novel would be included in a modern script? How might a director provide a modern twist on this classic novel? Students will create a story board to propose their modern movie version and include pictures of suggested actors and actresses to play the parts.