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Josephine March
Jo March

Birth and Death

Late 1840s - Unknown

Also Known As

  • Jo
  • Mrs. Bhaer

Hair Color

Chestnut

Eyes

Grey

Nationality

American

"Fatal Flaw"

Temper

Family Members

Parents and Siblings

Spouse and Children

Aunts and Uncles

In-laws

Nieces and Nephews

Affiliation

Josephine "Jo" Bhaer (née March) was the second-eldest March sister. She is seen as the main character of Little Women and Good Wives.

StorylineEdit

  • Early Life
  • JOSEPHINE MARCH IS ACTUALLY THE WRITER HERSELF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT.
  • When Josephine March was young, she played a vital part in teaching her mother, Mrs. March, a lesson. Meg and Jo were sick, and Jo in particular was getting to be far too troublesome for her mother. "Marmee", as the girls affectionately called her, had before this shut her husband out of the nursery. Mr. March gently taught her that fathers should have a share in their children as well as mothers, and all was well.

Jo was a reckless, daring child. She often wished she 'had been a boy', and as consolation enjoyed whistling, using slang and ruffling up her clothes (which were a great trial to her, especially when she grew old enough to wear long skirts) - all symbols of masculinity in the period. Jo loved to read, and would spend hours doing so, reading books such as The Heir of Redclyffe, over which she ate apples and cried.

The attic was a favorite haunt of hers. The tin kitchen, which was inhabited by many manuscripts, books, and rats (who nibbled her pages and tasted her pens), was also a desk where she could be found at when in a 'vortex'. Jo had a 'scribbling suit', which consisted of a large black pinafore to absorb ink stains, and a small black cap with a gay red feather.

GirlhoodEdit

Jo had always wanted to be a boy. Her sisters, particularly Meg, didn't understand why she was always so obnoxious. She made good friends with their neighbor, Laurie.

Later LifeEdit

Jo march

Jo with Professor Bhaer

Life at Plumfield PersonalityEdit

Out of the four March sisters, Jo was easily the most masculine: she thought for herself, took pride in shunning feminine ways and fashion, and was highly unlikely to succumb to the pressures imposed on her sex in that era. In fact, she once commented that she would always be disappointed over her not being born a male, and she hated the very thought of the inevitability of her becoming a full woman. This can be interpreted as a subconscious desire on her part to be fully permitted the liberties that men could enjoy in that time, as well as her fear of losing her own unique identity if she were to embrace her femininity.

One notable trait of Jo's would be her determination: when she set her mind on something, it was very difficult to dissuade her from doing it - an example of which would be her dedication to her stories. Her "fatal flaw" was her temper, which could be exceptionally bad and volatile when provoked to breaking point, but as her guidance under her mother's wise teachings as well her own life experiences progressed, Jo learned how to properly control it.

As she matured, Jo gradually learned the importance of accepting her own gender, and realized that becoming a full true woman did not mean losing her own unique identity. As her father pointed out after returning home, Jo was no longer "the son" he once knew: she had ceased to practice masculine habits such as whistling or talking slang, and even dressed, spoke, moved, and cared for her family - especially Beth - in a way that made him satisfied of the strong, helpful, and tender-hearted woman she was growing to be.

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