Rhett Butler (born in 1828) is a fictional character and one of the main protagonists of the 1936 novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and its 1939 film adaptation of the same name.
He is played by the late Clark Gable in the 1939 film, and Timothy Dalton in the Scarlett mini-series.
Why He Rocks
- Clark Gable gives an incredible performance as Rhett.
- He's one of the most sane members of his group, as shown with his opinions that the South cannot win the war.
- While the novel showed some vile sessions of his personality, the film adaptation focused primarily on his charmy dashing side and romantic moments for Scarlett. To the point where the movie led to the notion of Rhett being the "ideal Southern gentleman" and as the "ideal romantic lead".
- Most of his quotes are very snarky.
- Despite his dark past, he's still honorable and selfless to the people he cares the most about.
- "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
- He's pretty unsympathetic throughout the story, despite the book and movie's attempts to place him in the right. Even, though Scarlett was awful to him, most of that is brought upon himself by him being awful to her. (i.e.: Saying and doing things to make her upset or angry, then further taunting her by reacting with amusement when she loses her temper or not reacting at all, and enjoying it.)
- He forces himself on her, then ditches her the morning after, then shows up days later to taunt her about being with another woman and disappears again, and he responds to the news of her pregnancy by asking who the father is and suggesting that she'd be happy to miscarry.