'Little Women' and Womanhood
This paper studies the novel 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott and looks at the gender roles in society that are portrayed.
# 118982 | 1,900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Mar 21, 2010 in Literature (American) , Sociology (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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In this article, the writer first gives a brief overview of the novel, 'Little Women', followed by a discussion of the major characters and their subsequent development. Next, the writer looks at the major thematic elements that are reviewed in the novel and a discussion follows regarding the way in which those themes interrelate with the character development inherent in the book. The writer concludes with a discussion regarding the relevance of 'Little Women' in contemporary society and looks at what one might learn as one reads this book and after the novel has been finished. The writer maintains that ultimately, this book serves to break down certain modes of thinking regarding the gender roles in society and how that affects the way in which humans relate to one another.
From the Paper:"While the novel ends rather happily, the undertone of the conclusion is one of unfulfilled goals. While many of the girls have accomplished what they set out to accomplish in their lives, the main idea is that the happy family is centered round the idea of marriage. In this sense, Alcott leaves her audience with the feeling that all would not have been well had the girls not found suitable husbands to keep at their sides. Moreover, Little Women, shows that while progress is made, it is a slow progression from the traditional value system from which it is created."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
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