Classic Remarks is meme that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation.
This started in July so I’m a little late to the game but that’s alright! Topics for the entire year have been posted to check out the page to join in the fun!
This week’s question: Which March sister from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is your favorite and why? Do you agree with the way their lives played out?
Jo is definitely my favorite March sister – I even had a cat named after her when I was younger! When I read this book as a teenager, I loved that Jo was intelligent, creative, and spoke her mind. And she loved reading and writing 🙂 My least favorite sister is definitely Amy (did anyone pick Amy as their favorite?)
As far as how Jo’s life played out I, of course, wanted her to marry Laurie. I came across an article on Mental Floss about Little Women and found tidbit #6 particularly interesting:
Alcott, who never married herself, wanted Jo to remain unmarried too. But while she was working on the second half of Little Women, fans were clamoring for Jo to marry the boy next door, Laurie. Alcott wrote in her journal, “Girls write to ask who the little women marry, as if that was the only aim and end of a woman’s life. I won’t marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone.”
As a compromise—or to spite her fans—Alcott married Jo to the decidedly unromantic Professor Bhaer. Laurie ends up with Amy.
Who is your favorite March sister?