Little Women During The Civil War Essay

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Little Women Little Women was set approximately between 1861 and 1876, during and after the Civil War. This time period is especially significant as many of the men of the household were off fighting, leaving the women behind to support and raise families. The role of the women in the 19th century was very established; there was clear definition as to what was acceptable behaviour for a woman. Women were considered physically weaker yet morally superior to men, this was interpreted as that they were best suited to domestic duties such as ‘keeping house’ and raising children. In today’s society Little Women while a very sweet book, angers many feminists as the characters definitely reiterateand support patriarchally defined roles for women thus reinforcing in those who read the story those very roles we seek to reject (Wells, 1998). Based on the morals and ideas conveyed in this text, a reader would simply assume that Alcott herself believed very strongly that a women’s main goal in life was to get married and have children. However when analysed through a biographical lens we see that in fact Alcott disagrees with many morals put forward in her novel. Due to the time period and the nature of the book, we must realise that there was meaning restrictions in place surrounding literature, specifically women’s literature. Through Alcotts carefully placed feminist messages, we can gain more insight into the reality of Victorian times. Her aspects of experiences and personality
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