little women, culture assumption 1

This term in class I have been reading the novel called little women. They had to dress a certain way and live with certain chore. Society had rules on them that the rich women had to dress in a fashionable state and had to go to special outings. They often made the poor women to do their housework and chores. The maids were made to wear Victorian styled clothing, long dresses, bonnets and hair tied up. They were not allowed to vote and they didn’t need an education. The younger girls in the novel wore similar clothing but their hair could be worn down or in pigtails.

The main character Jo March wishes she was a boy, she comes from a poorer family and refuses to dress like her sisters and her girl friends, she also refuses to act the way young girls act like. "I am not a young lady!" snapped Jo. "I'd hate to think I will 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 dying to go on and join father on the battlefield"

Jo march wishes all the time that she could be a boy and she wants everything to be treated equally. As a person I agree with Jo, as I think it's really unfair and disrespectful that the women are treated differently on what class they're in and what gender they are. If you're richer and have higher standards and better fashion and clothing doesn’t mean that you are better than the poor.

Throughout the book, the author Louise Alcott challenges this cultural assumption by having the main character (Jo March) refuse to act and dress like a young lady instead she acts and dresses like a boy.

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2 years ago

Clearly presented evidence of your chosen cultural assumption (conformity), what is and it's place in the story , although no direct mention of what your cultural assumption is actually called. The pictures of women conforming to stereotypes at the top and bottom of your blog display this cultural assumption and the reference to the way the majority of young girls dressed in the novel (characterisation) was of benefit to my understanding of conformity's place in the story and linked to the context of conformity's place in the world at the time. You mention the author Louise Alcott towards the end of your blog and how she challenges the cultural assumption, and give your opinion on the issue, but not hers (this could be improved through further thought into why Alcott would question this assumption in the first place). I see that in both of our novels the concept of conformity made reference to and challenged by the characterisation of the protagonist in the novel. Overall a really good job!