Why Laurie and Jo are Soulmates, From “Little Women”On March 1, 2021 by Elaine Nguyen
Now, if you are not familiar with Little Women, let’s take a seat. Little Women is a coming of age novel, with four movie adaptations. The storyline takes place during the civil war era, in which four sisters, each with highly different personalities, learn about love and life. The main characters of the story are Josephine March, known as Jo, and the wealthy Theodore “Laurie” Laurence. Jo is the second oldest of four sisters: Meg March, a sweet and traditional girl, Amy March, with a feisty persona, and lastly, Beth, the gentle youngest. The march sisters are childhood friends with Laurie, who comes from an extremely wealthy family. Laurie is an ignorant boy, who hates the posh and elegant life; he essentially looks down on women who are in the same class as him. He then meets Jo, and the rest of her sisters. From this moment on, it is obvious Laurie knew he would at least marry one of them, if not Jo, who he immediately fell in love with.
The relationship between Jo and Laurie is heartwarming. Laurie and Jo share very similar personalities; both are very independent and adventurous people who like to think outside the box. One day, Laurie proposes to jo—spoiler alert—she rejects him. Laurie is absolutely heartbroken, but years later, ends up marrying Jo’s younger sister, Amy. Jo, unaware of this and very lonely due to the fact that she ran away to New York to be a teacher, is very lonely. She just wants to be loved and questions her rejection towards Laurie. Thus, she writes him a letter saying she wants him back. Fast forward, Laurie never receives the letter due to Jo ripping it apart after she finds out he’s married to Amy. Of course, she is ecstatic for him, but she is truly lonely. But why are these two soulmates you may wonder?
Jo and Laurie would have never gotten bored of each other. They would have definitely killed one another due to their personalities being so similar, but it would have been an interesting relationship for both of them. Regardless if they ended up together or not, they are definitely infinite. This does not invalidate the relationship between Laurie and Amy, but shows that Laurie will forever love Jo, regardless of it being in a romantic way or not. He would have definitely returned to her if he read her letter, but we have to remember that Laurie’s love for Jo was a puppy type of love. It seems the love he has for Amy is different, but in my opinion, will never compare to the love he has for Jo March. He was drawn to her because of how she never needed a man, and he will always adore her for that.