What is a character analysis of Jo March in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott?

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Jo March of Little Women is one of the most memorable female characters in literature. She tomboy who, in a family of girls, takes on the role of protector when her father is away. This protectiveness can sometimes express itself as a jealous possessiveness of her sisters, as when she declares that she would, if she could, "marry [Meg] myself just to keep her in the family." Jo is very attached to the family unit and does not want anything to disturb it, perhaps a reaction to the fact that so much is already changing in her life. Jo rejects the traditional trappings of femininity, loathing such things as parties and performance—Jo is a writer and has ambitions in this direction. She has no desire to be a wife, and her clumsiness leads her to burn hair and spill lemonade on gloves, indications that these feminine trappings sit uncomfortably with her. Jo becomes close friends with Laurie, who develops a romantic attachment to her, but Jo does not feel this way about Laurie. At the end of the first Little Women novel, Jo remains unmarried and Laurie accepts that she is not interested in a romantic relationship.

Ultimately, in a subsequent novel in the series, Jo does marry. Much ink has been spilled about this choice on L.M. Alcott's part. Considered largely a self-portrait, it is generally thought that Alcott did not intend Jo to marry but was urged in this direction by her peers, as even in literature, remaining an unmarried writer was too unsuitable for a woman.

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Jo March is a bit of a tomboy. She's a feisty, spirited young lady who'd happily grab a rifle and march off to battle with her father if only they'd let her. But in those days a woman's place was considered to be in the home, and that's where Jo must remain. Nevertheless, you can't keep someone like Jo down for long, and even in a home environment her sparkling personality finds full expression.

Jo is headstrong and independent, and that's putting it mildly. If she'd lived in Salem in the 17th century, she might have been called a witch, as she challenges society's standards of how a woman should behave. At a time when most marriages among the more respectable classes were arranged, Jo's unwillingness to get hitched to Laurie Laurence is almost scandalous. She's determined to make her own decisions in life, whether it's getting married or choosing to pursue a career as an author. Jo is a young lady with drive, determination, and bags of ambition.

As well as these positive characteristics, Jo also has her flaws. Speaking your mind's one thing, but she can be a little bit too outspoken at times. Sometimes she needs to curb that tongue of her's just a tad. But Jo's flaws are nothing out of the ordinary; they are all perfectly and recognizably human. This makes her a sympathetic character on the whole, one with whom we can more readily identify.

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Jo March is the protagonist of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Although the narrator of the novel is omniscient, and has access to the thoughts of all the characters in the novel, Jo March is the character whose viewpoint is most dominant, and the character with whom most readers sympathize. 

Jo in many ways is a self-portrait by Alcott, of a young girl who is talented, intelligent, and independent. She is a tomboy, who is uncomfortable with the constraints imposed by conventional notions of femininity, and has a quick temper, something considered inappropriate for a girl. In the novel, Jo struggles to balance her love for and loyalty towards her family with her desire to be true to her own talent as a writer and sense of creative vocation. She rejects the proposal of Laurie, because marrying him would require subsuming her talent in domesticity, but eventually creates a family with Professor Fritz Bhaer, who is supportive of her writing and intellectual interests. 

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