Little Women: a masterpiece that embodies new values in a woman's life

By Inho Shin | 기사입력 2020/11/26 [14:26]

Little Women: a masterpiece that embodies new values in a woman's life

By Inho Shin | 입력 : 2020/11/26 [14:26]

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At the 92nd Academy Awards, there were some films that competed fiercely with director Bong Joon-ho's Parasite. One of them is Little Women, a movie based on its original novel, which has been loved for 150 years. The movie started to go viral since Emma Watson, who is famous for her role in the movie Harry Potter would star in it, but Little Women's success is definitely indebted to its lingering feelings and insinuating message.
The background of Little Women is the 1860s in the U.S., at the height of the Civil War. This is the story of four sisters: the eldest, Meg, who has a dream of becoming an actress, the second sister, Jo, who wants to be a writer, the third, Beth, who wants to be a musician, and the youngest, Amy, who wants to be an artist. However, the movie is mainly focused from the perspective of Jo. 
Having dreamed of becoming a writer as a child, Jo goes to New York when she becomes an adult and starts writing in earnest. However, Jo is not confident enough and informs the newspaper that her writing is written by a friend, not herself. She eventually goes back home when she is severely criticized for it by her boyfriend Friedrich, and hears about her sister Beth’s worsening condition with scarlet fever.
These four sisters are not swayed by social prejudice, and live their chosen lives. In particular, Jo March has never been a feminine girl since she was young. Although she is by nature independent and assertive, she suffers from social pressures that suppress her active personality.
Jo says, "I'm fed up with the saying that love is all about women. Women have ambitions and dreams, too. But... living without love is so lonely." The cliché of a fairy tale has been a happy ending with a man who recognizes the girl to whom a "happy ending" is a marriage to a prince on a white horse. Stories of women's growth and careers have rarely appeared.
There was a time that a woman's life was something that belonged to respectable men, and this was widely accepted. As there is no absolute answer to the question about the ideal way of living, so is a woman’s life. There was no fate given to women at the moment when mankind first came into existence. What women have to do is just to believe in their dreams, and keep moving on. It's time for all of us to realize that women's stories, considered private, are actually the most important stories for us.

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