Analysis of March Womens' Role in "Little women"

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Indisputably, Jo is the most impressive heroine of the four girls. Her developing into womanhood is a perfect example of making reconciliation between becoming a completely independent woman with one’s own career and a passively domestic angel whose only value is assisting one’s husband. Jo first appears as a tomboy in the book. She also plays the role as the man of her family while her father is absent. Being good friend of Laurie and liking boy’s games and sports indicate that Jo is not a traditionally docile girl. Jo’s interest in writing stories and novels inspires her spirit of independence. And her dream or ambition for life described in earlier chapters is not domestic as Meg’s and Beth’s. She even dislikes strongly the thought of getting married. So when Meg and John are in love, she shows unusual incomprehension and depression toward Meg’s would-be marriage with John. But for a traditional girl, family life and marriage are the whole story of one’s future life. In this light, Jo’s ambition is quite different. She wants to wtite a great book of her own and emulates Shakespeare. All of these thoughts and behavior of Jo’s at her early developing stage imply the difference between Jo and a traditionally would-be domestic angel. But Jo’s real life turns out to be quite different from her early ambitions. She marries at last and learns self-control. That is to say, Jo gradually learns to make compromise between her ideal and reality. The process of her changing will be illustrated. Jo’s gradual adjustments of her former ideal can be perceived through several incidents. The first one is Amy’s drowning. Writing and her novels are Jo’s dearest things. So after Amy has burnt her manuscript, she is too angry to forgive Amy anyhow. When Amy follows Jo and Laurie to skate, Jo just skates as if there is no Amy following behind. Even when Jo knows that Amy falls into the

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