In this thesis, I intend to delve into a detailed perspective with regards to intricacies of public and private life contexts of a woman’s life as illustrated throughout the popular literature Little Women and influence of these separate spheres on each other in contrast to the popular notion that these are completely independent entities with no direct influence on each other.The thesis of this research, therefore, is the societal depiction of a woman as secure, confident and trusted in handling private, family and home-related matters. On the flip side, it offers a stark contrast when it comes to the perception of her ability to handle public responsibilities.In analyzing the feminist view on the ideology of a separate sphere, I also highlight Alcott’s representation of the inner strength and abilities of a woman in a male-dominated society. We delve into this not only within the domestic sphere but also in professional realms as well as the various constrictive societal issues that restrict a woman to the domestic setting and less accepted into the public in comparison to their male counterparts.Within the contextual plot, we see Jo eventually accepting the role prescribed to her by the society that transforms her into Mother Bhaer. This happens as a complete shift from the disorder and jumpy nature of her youth on which earlier emphasis portray her as a model modern woman, particularly the earlier focus on her mannerism, hard-lined nature and taste for being the heroine that reflected aggressive tendencies and not quite the womanly tenderness one would most likely expect of a lady. So out rightly combative is her personality that some critics take her mannish individuality and brand Little Women as a gender-shifting discourse focusing on the impression of a woman as a soldier of the kitchen.
The Feminist View on the Ideology of Separate Sphere