Some movies stay with you as experiences. Their dialogues ring like a bell in your ears because you resonate with them so well. One such film that left me pondering and whose scenes still flash in front of my eyes is Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. Being someone who doesn’t really like movie adaptations of books, the classic novel on the celluloid did leave a major impact. Check out the movie’s review here. One of the many things that made the film stand out, is its dialogues. Feminist, powerful, bold and brutally honest. Here is a list of some of my favourites.
- And if the main character is a girl, make sure she’s married by the end. Or dead, either way. – Mr. Dashwood telling Jo how to end her story.
- I can’t get over my disappointment in being a girl. – says Jo as she confides in Laurie during the party. Jo doesn’t really like parties and escapes into a room where she finds Laurie for the first time and they instantly hit it off.
- I intend to make my own way in this world. – Jo tells Aunt March. This reflects the independent attitude and mindset she had since the start.
- It is possible to be right and foolish. – remarks Aunt March when Jo says that her father was right in serving the army.
- Girls have to go out into the world and make up their own minds about things. – says Marmee when John questions sending Meg alone to the ball.
- Just because my dreams are different than yours, it doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. – Meg tells Jo when the latter asks her why she is getting married.
- I’d rather be a free spinster and paddle my own canoe. – says Jo. Yet another portrayal of the freedom she always longed for.
- What women are allowed into the club of geniuses anyway? – asks Laurie when Amy expresses her desire to be great.
- I’m just a woman. And as a woman, there’s no way for me to make my own money. Not enough to earn a living or to support my family, and if I had my own money, which I don’t, that money would belong to my husband the moment we got married. And if we had children, they would be his, not mine. They would be his property, so don’t sit there and tell me that marriage isn’t an economic proposition, because it is. It may not be for you, but it most certainly is for me. – says Beth with curled lips and eyes that reflect pain when Laurie asks her why is she marrying someone who she doesn’t love. One of the most powerful scenes, indeed.
- The world is hard on ambitious girls. – remarks Amy while conversing with Laurie. Although this is something that was said in the nineteenth-century setup, sadly, many women would still resonate with it.
- I’ll be homesick for you. Even in heaven. – Beth tells Jo in a heart-wrenching scene.
- They (women) have minds and they have souls, as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. And I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. – says Jo, agitated at the society’s perception towards women.
- Life is too short to be angry at one’s sisters. – Jo asserts Beth when the latter asks if she is angry at her for marrying Laurie.
- If I were a girl in a book, this would be so easy. – says Jo referring to her complex nature and wondering if she loves Laurie.
- If I’m going to sell my heroine into marriage for money, I might as well get some of it. – Jo to the publisher, Mr. Dashwood when he asks her to marry off the protagonist of her story.
Saavriti is an intern at SheThePeople.TV