Little Women

Cultural Assumption 1

This term in class, I have been reading the book "Little Women", and have found that the cultural assumption is that women were treated like slaves. They were expected to act like mature, grown up young ladies. Rich women had to dress in highly fashioned dresses, and go out to to all social gatherings with they're husbands, leaving their children if they had any at home with a maid from a poor family. Poor women, however, were very different. They had to wear long dresses and bonnets with their hair tied up at all times. They weren't allowed to vote and it was said that they didn't need an education.

The main character in my book is Jo March, one of  sisters. She comes from a rather poor family. Her sisters and herself are under the care of their mother while their father is fighting in war. She is a big tomboy and would much rather play boy games and work like men than wear dresses, go to parties, act all proper or grow up and be a young women. "I'm not a young women!" Jo snapped. "I'd hate to think I'll grow up into a proper young girl who wears long gowns and is as proud as a peacock. It's bad enough being a girl when I really prefer boy games and the work they do. I'll never get over the disappointment on discovering I was a girl and not a boy! I'm just dyeing to go and join father in the battlefield!!"

In this book, the author, Alcott, challenges this cultural assumption by creating the character Jo and makes her as a tomboy who doesn't want to act, dress and live as all women had to live during this time.

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2 years ago

I really liked the way you outlined your cultural assumption which is that women were treated with no respect in your novel. your opening paragraph was a good way to start your blog. your examples were good in helping explain the assumption being outlined. the black & white one really distinguished that she was an outcast & didn't want to part take in being a women. although you didn't include the elements the author used or refer to them in the blog, being plot, theme, structure & characteristics. you did link the assumption well to the time of the novel & didn't continue on talking about the assumption today but more so commenting on what happened & how jo rebelled against this. you clearly outlined how the author challenged this assumption in the novel, through jo. she rebelled against being a "typical women" & wished & longed to live the life of a boy. the links between our novels are that the author challenges our assumptions through characterisation. I really liked your blog t x