Essay: A story of experience by Louisa M. Alcott
This very remarkable novel uncovers all the changes in the work of women in the new industrial period. The changes in the work arena include all the tension and dilemmas they have to face. Christie Devon, the main character, represents the new woman who has to support herself. She is thus forced by circumstances to do a variety of jobs outside her home until she gets to the position she has dreamt of. She sees the whole issue as a new era as she tells her aunt, “there’s going to be a new Declaration of Independence” (Alcott C. 1). This proves that she has understood the whole period and what is required of her. She is hardworking and determined unlike other women.
Towards the end of the story, Christie remarks, “I believe I am useful; I know I am happy” (Alcott C. 20). She says all these words after she has realized what it is that she has achieved in life despite the fact that she is a woman. Women could have been referred to as being useless since they have only being dependent on males. They have the notion that there is nothing they can do on their own. Once she realizes that her uncle does not love her but instead sees her as a burden, she resolves to going to the city and work to make a living. She is sure that by working, she will become independent and useful.