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.