From the book to other adaptations like Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 Little Women or Heidi Thomas’s 2018 Little Women miniseries, all versions of this classic story have faced the difficulty of explaining Amy March and justifying her need for a spouse in a story that glorifies the independence of its lead.
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On shooting the latest version, actress Meryl Streep spoke to director Greta Gerwig the importance of humanizing Amy played by actress Florence Pugh.
Florence also revealed the scene which caught the eyes of fans was written and handed over to her the day it was shot on parchment of paper, at Meryl’s advice.
The scene which is now wildly known as MARRIAGE AS AN ECONOMIC PROPOSITION, explains the vulnerability of women at the time since they could not actually own anything.
Unlike Jo her sister who fights to show that women have value beyond love, Amy feminizes the transient nature of love in the face of ownership, at the time.