Cinematic Beauty: The Beauty of a Character

YouTube video of specific scene. In the scene is Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) and Marmee March (Laura Dern).

1) I reflected on all the things I have ever found beautiful. I have always found a clever line or phrase in books that steal my breath. However, the acting in movies and tv shows have really been what has captivated my attention. So for this assignment I chose a scene of Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women. The scene in which Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) confesses to feeling lonely.

2) This particular scene moved me because of its authenticity. The rawness of the emotion that Saoirse was able to give Jo was mesmerizing. I have rewatched the movie multiple times, specifically to watch the build up to this burst of emotions. The scene evokes sympathy and sadness from me.

Source: Slide to doc on Dr. Fike Sprezzatura Page

3) The impact of this scene, other than needing tissues, can be found in my writing, as I use it as inspiration when I am writing characters. I want people to be able to connect with my characters when they are in such a raw moment. I don’t think this was a pure moment of beauty in the sense of what we discussed in class. When going of the ladder I would say this is around the knowledge steps (Either branches or particular). I could also see someone making the argument that this is closer to the one body rung on the ladder. However, a lot of people worked hard to capture the scene. Another reason I don’t think this is an example of pure beauty is I remember experiencing this same awe when I was younger. Though that moment was less about the scene and more about the revel. Below I inserted a still from Shark Boy and Lava Girl with a caption that sums up my point.

Source: Twitter though I am sure its been everywhere.


  1. kathrynchuc says:

    Oh my goodness I love this scene!!!! I think one of the reasons I like it so much is because Joe is between two kinds of powerful extremes here. She loves being an independent, headstrong girl who loves to rave against everyone telling her what a woman should be like (act like/ think like) and yet she is also struggling with the consequences. She doesn’t want romantic love, but she also doesn’t like feeling lonely or not receiving love.
    Excellent choice!


    1. haleykeith1 says:

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that the powerful extremes are part of the appeal of the scene. I think Jo coming to terms with her softer side and trying to balance that with her strong view on independence, shows a struggle which can be relatable.


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