Gerwig Calls Laurie A Feminist (Even When He Harasses Jo)
This is perhaps the most disturbing aspect of all Little Women films. Laurie is harassing Jo to such a length that she wants to leave her home town, and the movies never have a truthful timeline for the proposal. In the book, she has already fallen for Friedrich when Laurie proposes and then he goes so low as to threaten to kill himself if she won't marry him.
But aren´t these what we should see in the films? that the story of Little Women would make sense. Laurie is so all over the place that it is only with Amy that he finds peace (never in the films) and Jo rejects Laurie´s proposal because she was already in love with Fritz in the begin with.
Laurie is partially based on Louisa May Alcott´s ex, Ladislas Wisniewski and Friedrich to her first (and possibly only) love Henry Thoreau. That film-makers erase Jo´s and Laurie’s flaws and give them to Amy and Laurie and Jo and Friedrich are rather disrespectful towards the author.
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