Louisa May Awakening: An Early Feminist

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Women’s rights were a major issue in the 19th century, mainly due to the fact that women were beginning to no longer feel content with the reality that they may always be restricted to the conventional ideals of female piety, domestication, and submissiveness. Women wanted to begin exercising the right to choose their own lifestyle, as well as achieve the right to vote. These notions were exemplified in the writings of Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Kate Chopin, who were all renowned American novelists. With each woman being seen as an early feminist in her own right, in a major portion of their writings, they reveal progressive ideas that were not only shocking at the time, but sometimes rejected by many. The status of women at the turn of the century was complicated, and exemplified in the writings of Alcott, Jewett, and Chopin.
Louisa May Alcott’s short time during the Civil War
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When the protagonist, Faith tries to convince Bob to not kill the captain, she uses her voice as her only weapon and power, when she tells Robert that she does not want him to commit a crime that she could be an accessory to and that “there is a better way of righting wrong than by violence” (Alcott 57). Also, when Faith and Robert meet again later on, she learns that he had taken her name and is now known as Robert Dane, which she had felt touched by; “for, remembering that he had no name, I knew that he had taken mine. I longed for him to speak to me, to tell how he had fared since I lost sight of him, and let me perform some little service for him in return for many he had done for me” (Alcott 63). This simple, yet thought-provoking gesture signaled the bond between the two individuals. Although they were not legally wed, it could be regarded as a public statement to the world of the special relationship shared between the two, which transcended all propriety as well as all
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