From the first time Jo is introduced to the reader in chapter one, one can tell her behavior was different from a typical girl. She used “boyish” slang, “… pretty jolly set” (Alcott, p. 12) and refused to become a young lady, “I hate to think I’ve got to grow up, and be Miss March, and wear Little Women long gowns, and look as prim as a China Aster!” (Alcott, p. 13) Instead, she preferred to play games that were designed for boys and fight in the Civil War with her father. Jo’s aspirations to be a boy instead of a girl coincide with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and or Transsexualism in a sense. For instance, Jo stated she was disappointed over the fact she was not born...
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