There is rarely a more controversial topic than Little Women, and two fans disagree on who Laurie married/should have married.
I’m Laurie/Amy, btw, no way could he have handled Josephine, intellectually or otherwise. It took Amy to straighten him out coz she knew what she deserved and wanted. Jo didn’t even know what she wanted, just that she didn’t love Laurie the way he wanted her to love him, and that’s not wrong for her to say so. That’s what cheeses me off so much, that literally THOUSANDS of girls are telling another girl she’s wrong for trusting her gut. You shut up and listen to her. Josephine found someone who was her match, who challenged her to do better, to write better. She also found happiness in herself, which is more important. Laurie wasn’t doing a blessed thing right, just mooning around Europe, then he swaggers back, proposes to Jo, throw s a FIT because she says no, acting like she’s the bad guy (classic dick move, Laurie). So he goes BACK to Europe, doing all sorts of wicked things, starts to try and flirt with Amy, who’s grown into a beautiful young woman (and grown out of most of her spoiled ways). But wait, oh snap, Amy has standards, she doesn’t want a fop playboy who doesn’t do a day’s work and embarrasses his grandfather who was so good to Beth and the rest of her family! Snap! Laurie better get to it! AND HE DOES. He wouldn’t do that for Jo, because he figured they would both do whatever they wanted, no judgment, and that’s not what marriage is about. Maybe Jo didn’t realize that whens he was younger, she just knew she loved him as a brother, and they’d quarrel incessantly, because they already quarreled all the time! It’d be a thousand times worse if they got together. Laurie didn’t ‘settle’ for Amy, he just got up on her level. Jo fell in love and married with a man who treated her right, and challenged her where she ought to be, and not in a rude way, and that’s no bad thing.
I should be reading for my comprehensive exams, but instead I’ve found myself thinking more and more about Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and the March Sisters Saga. I read Little Women the first time when I was probably about eleven, as most well, little women do. I enjoyed it, particularly since I felt that Jo and I were particularly kindred spirits. She was always dashing about and never wanting to be left out, played with the boys even when she was wearing a dress. I had short hair, she had short hair, and so on.
When I was young I liked the idea of her marrying Laurie and never quite understood why she turned him down. Perhaps because I also had a crush on my friend and so wanted there to be conformation that if I waited until I was older we’d get married, yada yada yada.
Rereading the book at nigh 27 I have had a complete 180 of opinion.
One thing I like about Little Women is how when Jo turns down Laurie’s marriage proposal and Laurie is briefly contemplating being a friendzoned ass wipe about it, his grandfather not only tells him in no uncertain terms that that’s not okay, but also makes him leave the country just to be sure that Laurie can’t bother Jo. That’s good parenting right there.