What burdens must Laurie confront when Amy begins to lecture him in Europe?
A great deal of time has been devoted to discussing the burdens and character flaws of the four March sisters, but Laurie has his own demons to contend with, as well. These are brought into full light when Amy begins to lecture him after their time together in Nice.
Ask students to consider what Laurie does while in Europe: he laments his unrequited love for Jo, tries to write an opera, and generally acts aloof and detached from those around him. These are his three burdens, and Amy spells them out quite clearly for him.
Have students draw a parallel between Amy and Laurie's artistic pursuits:...
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