Character Essay: Jo March
By Izzy Jones
Woodstock Elementary School
Jo March is one of the characters in the book Little Women, by
Louisa May Alcott. Out of four sisters, she is the second eldest.
Jo’s father is away, fighting in a war, and she misses him very
much. Jo plays a very important role in this book. Out of her
other sisters, she is the most daring and outgoing and helps her
sisters get courage to do things
they wouldn’t normally do. Even
though Jo is very helpful to the
people around her, she can be
Jo is a tomboy. She spends lots of time wishing she was a
boy, and dreams of the many things they can do and she can’t.
For example, when the elder March sisters (Meg and Jo) were
invited to a party, Jo was trying very hard to be proper, but the
author used her thoughts to explain that she would much rather
be doing something else!
“Jo desperately wanted to join a group of boys who were
talking about skating, which she loved but Meg’s eyebrows went
right up — so none of that!” 18. Another example is when they
were getting ready to go to the party and the girls were trying to
clean up Jo’s things, which were mostly ruined due to her boyish
nature. “‘And what about my gloves? I spilled lemonade on
them and they’re ruined too.’” 16.
Jo is improper. She tries sometimes to be proper, but often her
rude character gets to her. When she finally gets to meet their
neighbor, who has been cooped up inside for a long time, Jo
makes it clear she’s not big on tact. “‘Laurie Laurence, what a
funny name.’” 20.
This next quote shows how different Jo is compared to the
March sisters because of youthful doings. “Meg worried about
her hair, and Jo worried about doing something wrong. They
came up with a system: Meg would raise her eyebrows if she did
something improperly.” 17. The author uses Jo’s actions to show
Although Jo can be very rude and immature, she does make
an effort in trying to be more ladylike and have better manners.
She doesn’t always like the way she acts, and sometimes she
wishes she was more like her sisters, proper Meg, kind Beth,
and beautiful Amy. Also, because she is so bold she helps others
around her understand that it’s okay to be scared, but at some
point you need to face your problems.
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