There is a whole chapter in little women's 2019 film guide where Gerwig said she wanted to make the umbrella scene overly romantic in order to make a mockery of the novel.
That is why millions of people buy her fake narration of the story that Jo should have been single or been with Laurie.
I personally find it incredibly unethical, combine that with her racist quotes on Friedrich´s nationality and even here in Finland we got newspaper headlines that Greta Gerwig shows how marriages in Little Women are a joke (you´ll find the internet filled with these headlines, 2019 film was heavily promoted with them).
As everyone should know, Friedrich is based on Alcott´s first love philosopher Henry David Thoreau and Laurie her ex, Ladislas Wisniewski.
In her journals, Louisa writes about her belief in reuniting with her loved one in the afterlife. Henry had a habit to carry an umbrella. In the novel, Friedrich tells Jo that he is going to the west. In one of the Alcott studies “West” was presented as a metaphor, as a time and place that divides Louisa from her loved one, and only can they reunite again in death.
For example in Moods, the first LMA novel, Henry and Louisa metaphorically re-unite again when Sylvia and Adam die together. In “Work” LMA´s last novel, they re-unite once again once Christie and David marry, and he passes away in the war (and she subsequently believes they shall meet again in the afterlife). Louisa May Alcott believed in re-carnation and that we live multiple lives. In her journals and letters, she writes about receiving her “award” in the next life (love and children).
It´s pretty harrowing stuff but also shows how lonely Louisa was, and that is not something to make fun of.
Quotes on Louisa´s loneliness, desire to marry/find love and re-carnation can be found in Caroline Ticknor´s biography of May Alcott and Collected letters between Louisa May Alcott and Maggie Lukens. They also include markings from her diaries.
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