In the most recent episode of Girls, Hannah makes a comment about how the father in Little Women dies of influenza in the war. Do Lena Dunham and the other writers of Girls really think that Mr. March dies of influenza in the Civil War? Yes, he does get sick, but he recovers and comes home (after Marmee goes to take care of him, leaving Beth to catch scarlet fever back at home . . . okay, I’ll stop now). Or maybe this was deliberate, to make a point about how Hannah, as a writer, doesn’t know her American classics? If that’s the case, it might have worked better if someone, perhaps Shoshanna (who seems to have a basic knowledge of the book), had pointed out Hannah’s mistake. Either way, the moment had me yelling at the TV, admittedly something I do pretty often, but this was particularly infuriating. So what do you think: was this factual error meant to illustrate a point about Hannah, or are the writers of Girls completely unfamiliar with Little Women?
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