Cultural assumption 2

Teenagers were meant to grow up and become responsible adults who fit the gender stereotype.

In modern times growing up is all young women want to do but the realisation of adulthood can be daunting and scary. Try having the whole families reputation relying on you.

Little women shows Jo and Meg struggle with become proper young ladies. Jo a strong headed girl has trouble and challenges societies view of perfect products of the time. Meg on the other hand prides herself in becoming a confident young women who makes her family proud. Although the March parents always say that loving them will make them proud.

But meg fits the gender stereotype and is decisive to become a courageous young women who makes the March family proud by getting married.

The young girls didn't want to grow up and played childish games like pilgrim progress to fuel the hunger for being young again. Although society had a different view on how the girls acted, Jo especially took a manner that showed she didn't care for societies views.

In the authors time, once children hit 15 they were meant to grow up and start thinking about getting a job and earning their own money to support the family. Children who didn’t do this were considered a burden on their family. But the American civil war was happening, more women wanted to stay home and keep their family safe.

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2 years ago

In this blog you've focused on the cultural assumption of gender stereotypes, your example from the novel based on characterization explaining how Meg fits the gender stereotype is quite suitable. There isn't much of a link made from the cultural assumption to context although your comparison between the way girls behave in modern times is a good way of showing that times have changed. I can't seem to identify the authors view on this cultural assumption although this would've been made possible by questioning why the author made Jo challenge the societal views of gender roles. I can identify that in both of our novels, the main characters have a fear of growing up and wish to challenge societies views on how the should behave. Good job!