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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...

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