Rhett Butler: Classic Movie Characters with Kickass Confidence

Rhett Butler,  in Gone with the Wind, as portrayed by Clark Gable

Hold on to your bonnets, because you may declare a resounding “fiddle-dee-dee” to what I’m about to say: The first time I saw the movie, Gone with the Wind, I hated it! Yep. I hated it. I hated that everyone dies: Mrs. O’Hara, Mr. O’Hara, the soldiers, Bonnie Blue, Melanie….even Scarlett’s horse!

It wasn’t until I saw the movie for the second time that I appreciated the grit and determination of the characters to hold on to something they highly prized: their way of life. For me, GWTW is the ultimate movie about change. When we love the life we have, change—especially the unwelcome kind—can be very hard to accept.

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the WindClark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, (1939, director Victor Fleming)

My favorite character in this movie is, of course, Rhett Butler. A) Because he is portrayed by Clark Gable (yum), and B) because Rhett is a man who embodies the power of confidence in the face of change, transforming himself from hound to hero.

Here is one kickass character whose brand of determination and courage–peppered with panache–captures my heart.

I’m smiling, imagining Rhett reading this post right now and saying, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

–Michelle Kerrigan for Classic Movie Hub


Michelle Kerrigan is an expert in workplace performance who helps clients achieve success by developing the skills they need to increase their confidence. She shares “Classic Movie Characters with Kickass Confidence” because each of them has inspired her. She hopes that they inspire you too. For more about Michelle, follow  @MKerriganInc or visit www.workplaceconfidence.com.


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