Everything about Jo's life speaks of her views about women's
roles in society. She lives her life as an independent girl and
woman. Marmee's influence on her certainly adds to her belief that
she's equal to any man. Marmee tells Meg and Jo "[B]etter be happy
old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to
have husbands". A tomboy as a girl, Jo's adult decisions are
based on her confidence in herself and the knowledge that she
doesn't have to rely on a man. Jo defies society's rules
regarding a woman's role, her expected behavior, and her
relationship with men.
At sixteen, Jo has no desire to marry, finding her life at home
with her family to be all she needs. She also loves to write. When
the girls perform her plays, Jo always plays the part of the male.
Later, after her stories are accepted for publication, she realizes
she can make a living from her writing, making her feel pride
in her ability to make her own money. Her relationship with Laurie
further develops Jo's independence. Their friendship is based on
their love for reading and their ability to share their thoughts.
Jo doesn't accept his offer of marriage out of fear he won't
accept her career as a writer, but she also has no feelings of love
for him. When Jo does marry, it's to a man who accepts her as she
You can include these events as a basis for questions in your
interview. Jo is the woman Adele wishes she could be. Good luck on