Women's Independence in Children's Books
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This paper analyzes the theme of girls' and women's independence in four children's books, "Alice in Wonderland", "Pippi Longstocking", "Kiss the Dust", and "Little Women". The paper describes how each of these novels represents four different cultures; America, England, Sweden, and Iraq and they each have a very different approach. The paper notes that the conditions for the characters vary a great deal, but concludes that every one of these children's books offer inspiration on some level concerning the potential within the female personality.
From the Paper:"In "Little Women", the one character who is truly independent is Jo. This book was first published in 1868, and is set in New England. First of all, the mother Marmee looks after her four daughters over the course of the novel since the father has gone off to serve as army chaplain during the Civil War. The March family has a very limited income, and the four girls attempt in their different ways to supplement the family finances. The character of Jo represents Louisa May Alcott herself. Jo is beginning to write a serial novel in the book, and is very independent and strong-minded.
"Jo has to be careful of many influences in her life. One of them is the boy next door, Teddy, who is at first dependent on the March girls for friendship and who eventually becomes attracted to Jo. The other major character who attempts to dominate and control Jo is her aunt. Aunt March is manipulative and demanding, and none of the girls want to be in her presence. ""I don't think I can bear it, but I'll try', thought Amy, as she was left alone with Aunt March" (Alcott 175). The other girls are the opposite of Jo, but for different reasons."
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