The stars of the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Little Women have revealed why the story’s heroines continue to be positive role models for women today, exemplifying biblical values of kindness, charity, and selflessness.
Published in the late 1860s, Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age book Little Women tells the story of four sisters on the brink of womanhood: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Under the watchful eye of their beloved mother, Marmee, the March sisters navigate love, friendship, loss, hopes and dreams in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig directed the latest film adaptation of Little Women, opening Christmas Day. The period drama stars Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen.
Award-winning actress Laura Dern stars as Marmee, the March family matriarch. Kind, loving, and quietly strong, Marmee is the family’s rock and moral compass, holding her family together while her husband is away working as a chaplain during the Civil War.
Throughout the film, Marmee models biblical values for her four daughters. She gently reminds a defiant Jo to “not let the sun go down on your anger,” (Ephesians 4:26), feeds the poor and widowed, and silently prays over her ailing daughter.
“Motherhood is profoundly spiritual, whatever that is for anyone,” Dern said of her character. “You’re diving as deep as possible to find the truth, or certainly Marmee is, and from that place, hopefully inspiring your girls to be truthful about who they are.”
“Real spiritual connection is about being who you are and being honest and being messy and complicated and having faith in that being your gift to the world, not withholding or suppressing,” she said. “I love that this story is about a mother honoring her girls for being all that they are. And that’s revolutionary and very modern, I think.”
Alcott famously based her book’s protagonist, Jo, on herself. Independent and fearless, Jo defies Victorian expectations of what it meant to be a woman. An aspiring writer, Jo, like Alcott herself, feels the burden of caring for her family — even selling her own hair to a wig-maker to cover Marmee’s travel expenses.
Jo is played by Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan, who told The Christian Post she was drawn to her character’s fierce loyalty to her family and determination in the face of overwhelming odds.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett