Esther Lombardi, M.A., is a journalist who has covered books and literature for over twenty years. A book one to cherish. by The Internet Scout Report, Named the New Business of the Year (2020) by the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce, See  Susan’ article on Thoreau on page 44 of Discover Concord magazine’s Summer 2020 edition (click on photo), See Susan’s article on page 12 of Discover Concord magazine’s Winter 2019 edition (click on photo), “Recently uncovered story by a teenaged Louisa May Alcott creating quite the buzz”, “Louisa May Alcott: Inspiring Women Writers, Rocking the Vote”, Little Women 2020: why it is better to reread the book before seeing the film Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Poor Jo has to suppress her natural personality (or try to) in order to please her parents. (note: this is updated periodically), Recognized for Excellence in 2018 Louisa must have used her journals to recall those episodes of Meg and John’s life and transcribe them with such insight. (43.3). ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. I often read that children of hippies tend to turn into very conservative people – that’s their reaction to their parents rejection of tradition and formalities. (38.91). He didn’t have adult conversation to Abba first, and only later explained the girls that he and their mother are separating. – were disappointed that Jo doesn't marry Laurie. I never thought of that regarding Anna, how fascinating! "Little Women," the best-known work by writer Louisa May Alcott, tells the story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, and is semi-autobiographical. A matron, in her opinion, can be just as lovely and have just as much right to enjoy herself in society as a maiden. Some literary scholars have interpreted this and some of Jo’s other “tomboyish” points of view to indicate a homosexual subtext, which would have been taboo for a novel of this era.

(31.30). Susan is an active member and supporter of the Louisa May Alcott Society, the Fruitlands Museum and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Bronson didn’t have that parental instinct to protect and shelter his daughters. ThoughtCo uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. The True Origins of the P.C. To have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send. I found joy in the way that [she] shares about her favorite authoress. While I loved Part One, Part Two captivates me even more. tags: authors, challenges, keys, writing. She obviously studied her sister Anna and brother-in-law John Pratt's marriage carefully, probably without even realizing it. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser.

It was certainly proposing under difficulties, for even if he had desired to do so, Mr. Bhaer could not go down upon his knees, on account of the mud. Amy approaches marriage pragmatically: she's going to marry for money.

Although Louisa hotly rebelled against her chaotic upbringing, still, the inner life that it nurtured flourished in her and poured out in her writing. These girls are so real and timeless, and this book, pure genius. Of course, Laurie is still pining over Jo at this point, but Amy’s words seem to straighten him out. The reality for women in the 19th century who were not wealthy was either marry a wealthy man or work as a governess or teacher to support their parents.

Begun in 2010, this blog offers analysis and reflection by Susan Bailey on the life, works and legacy of Louisa May Alcott and her family. It's also a reminder that marriage will divide the March girls; as each girl marries and becomes a wife, she will become the center of a new family, separate from her siblings. She lived to be 51, raised her niece, cared for her aging father, wrote many bestselling books, and moved in fascinating intellectual circles. To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman, and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience. (38.27). Neither could he offer Jo his hand, except figuratively, for both were full. Don't judge her too harshly until we see whether she can force herself to do something so mercenary or not! Louisa May Alcott — ‘…marriage, they say, halves one's rights and doubles one's duties.’ Louisa May Alcott was an astute observer of life. Louisa May Alcott was an astute observer of life.

Previous Love. (38.1). Louisa’s spirituality was very deep and perhaps too subtle for rigid  and narrow minded religious thinkers.

Jo's wish is intriguingly taboo, suggesting same-sex desire and an almost-too-intimate bond between sisters.

I can hardly wait to blog on Chapter 30, Consquences. As Nina Auerbach says in her Afterwards to Little Women (Bantam,1983), in conventional terms, Bronson was a disaster as a father. Amy lets Laurie have it, and this moment of brutal honesty is the beginning of their romantic relationship. Based on her own experiences growing up with three sisters, the novel is Alcott's best-known works and presents many of her personal viewpoints. "I just wish I could marry Meg myself, and keep her safe in the family." Alcott deliberately makes both Jo and Professor Bhaer completely unromantic in this scene. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. and the P.O.

Of course, their roles are stereotypical as well as complementary – Meg gives love and affection, while John is the disciplinarian. So, she didn’t have that desire as Louisa did ” to show them all, to prove them wrong.” I think that she was equally sick and tired of being exposed instead of sheltered, and her answer to all unconventional poverty she was surrounded by, was to get herself a very conventional husband and home, preferably not too spiritual and intelectual. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. ( Log Out /  (and subscribe to the channel), For a comprehensive list of blog posts by name, download this document: That rosy cheeks don't last forever, that silver threads will come in the bonnie brown hair, and that, by-and-by, kindness and respect will be as sweet as love and admiration now. If this is a feminist message, it’s a seriously dated and confused one. Fortunately, Mr. Bhaer considered her the most beautiful woman living, and she found him more "Jove-like" than ever, though his hatbrim was quite limp with the little rills trickling thence upon his shoulders (for he held the umbrella all over Jo), and every finger of his gloves needed mending. Alcott suggests that, under ideal circumstances, being stay-at-home wife and mother can be extremely fulfilling for a woman. Louisa was sick and tired of all that transcendental anti-materialism, vegetarianism and idealism, that brought nothing but hardships to her mother and her sisters. Search. The only one who doesn’t complain about the lack of Christmas gifts is Beth (spoiler alert: much later in the novel, Beth dies, giving readers a mixed message about the virtues of sacrifice). It's interesting to contrast her life with the pity that her narrator feels for old maids in this passage. ( Log Out /  (32.91). But part of what Alcott tries to show us is that they're not suited. "I can't say 'yes' truly, so I won't say it at all."