Louisa May Alcott: Little Women in a Man's World Essay

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Louisa May Alcott shows a great deal of herself throughout the novel, Little Women. She shows many parallelisms between the fictional character Jo and Louisa May Alcott. The novel is an example of their similar personalities, appearances, and life experiences. Louisa was very dramatic and comical throughout her life time. Jo March is the perfect character for Louisa to portray. She exemplifies how life was during the 19th century in America. Through the characters of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott illustrates her struggle as a woman writer in a male dominated society.
Jo March, the protagonist of Little Women, has a similar childhood to Louisa May Alcott. “Jo is the perfect part for Louisa to play” (Carter). Louisa uses these
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Lizzy was Beth, who both died. And Amy is the youngest of the sisters and is recollection of Louisa’s baby sister May” (Morrow). In Little Women, the story is created around four sisters and their experiences while growing up in the early 19th century. “To Louisa, Jo offered certain theatrical advantages. She didn’t need to invent the plays the March girls put on in the parlor. Those were genuine melodramas from her own childhood” (Carter). Louisa portrays her childhood through literature.
Jo March, the heroine in Little Women, is quite different from her three sisters. In the novel, Jo is portrayed as this masculine and adventurous means of thinking and acting, unlike her sisters’ proper lady behavior that society expects of women. Because her father is always away at war, Jo refers to herself as the man of the house. She constantly was told to stop her boyish mannerisms. Jo’s adventurous behavior is recaptured from Louisa’s retellings in her journal. Louisa writes, “No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences, and be a tomboy” (Cheney). This just shows the similar behaviors and actions of Jo and Louisa. Other features of Jo in the novel were constantly compared to her prettier sisters. Her best feature is told to be her long hair. In the novel, Jo trades in her hair for money needed

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