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Little Women

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Fact vs. Fiction Little Women Fiction "Castles in the air" Fiction Meg Jo Setting:The book takes place during the Civil War.
Part 1 Relationship: Beth tells Jo she is dying in Chapter 40 " Heart's dearest, why do you cry?" "Because you are going away."
" Ah, my Gott that is so good!" cried Mr.Bhaer. "Jo I haf nothing but much love to gif you; I came to see if you could care for it, and I waited to be sure that I was something more than a friend. Am I? Can you make a little place in your heart for old Fritz?" he added all in one breath. "Oh, yes!" said Jo.
Pg. 502 This part of the story happens in the chapter Camp Laurence. Laurie invites all his friends to a picnic and calls it Camp Laurence. In this part there is a bunch of foreshadowing in which you could infer the Laurie has feelings for Jo. When Laurie says “Jo, of course” it is obvious that he has feelings for Jo even if she is not perfect or as pretty as the rest. Laurie and Jo are in many ways alike. For example they both love reading and adventures and they both have a good sense of humor. Their similarities are what makes them perfect for each other. Before: " I should like a lovely house, full of all sorts of luxurious things; nice food, pretty clothes, handsome furniture, pleasant people, and heaps of money." pg. 150 Before: "I'd have a stable full of Arabian steeds, rooms piled with books, and I'd write out of a magic inkstand, so that my works should be as famous as Laurie's music" pg 150 "In the Garret" Pg. 468-461 In the Garret
Four little chests all in a row,Dim with dust, and worn by time,All fashioned and filled, long ago,By children now in their prime.Four little keys hung side by side,With faded ribbons, brave and gay When fastened there, with childish pride,Long ago, on a rainy day.Four little names, one on each lid,Carved out by a boyish hand,And underneath there lieth hid Histories of the happy band Once playing here, and pausing oft To hear the sweet refrain,That came and went on the roof aloft,In the falling summer rain. ‘Meg’ on the first lid, smooth and fair.I look in with loving eyes,For folded here, with well-known care,A goodly gathering lies,The record of a peaceful life-Gifts to gentle child and girl,A bridal gown, lines to a wife,A tiny shoe, a baby curl.No toys in this first chest remain.For all are carried away,In their old age, to join again In another small Meg’s play.Ah, happy mother! well I know You hear, like a sweet refrain,Lullabies ever soft and low In the falling summer rain. ‘Jo’ on the next lid, scratched and worn,And within a motley store Of headless dolls, of school-books torn,Birds and beasts that speak no more;Spoils brought home from the fairy ground Only trod by youthful feet,Dreams of a future never found,Memories of a past still sweet;Half writ poems, stories wild,April letters, warm and cold,Diaries of a willful child,Hints of a woman early old;A woman in a lonely home,Hearing like a sad refrain- ‘Be worthy love, and love will come,In the falling summer rain’. My Beth! the dust is always swept From the lid that bears your name,As if by loving eyes that wept,By careful hands that often came.Death canonized for us one saint,Ever less human than divine,And still we lay, with tender plaint,Relics in this household shrine-The silver bell, so seldom rung,The little cap which last she wore,The fair, dead Catherine that hung By angels borne above her door;The songs she sang, without lament,In her prison-house of pain,For ever are they sweetly blent With the falling summer rain. Upon the last lid’s polished field-Legend now both fair and true-A gallant knight bears on his shield‘Amy’ in letters gold and blue.Within lies snoods that bound her hair.Slippers that have danced their last,Faded flowers laid by with care,Fans whose airy toils are past;Gay valentines, all ardent flames,Trifles that have borne their part In girlish hopes and fears and shames-The record of a maiden heart Now learning fairer, truer spells,Hearing, like a blithe refrain,The silver sound of bridal bells In the falling summer rain. Four little chests all in a row,Dim with dust, and worn by time,Four women, taught by weal and woe To love and labour in their prime.Four sisters parted for an hour,None lost, one only gone before,Made by love’s immortal power,Nearest and dearest evermore.Oh, when these hidden stores of ours Lie open to the Father’s sight,May they be rich in golden hours,Deeds that show fairer for the light,Lives whose brave music long shall ring,Like a spirit-stirring strain,Souls that shall gladly soar and sing In the long sunshine after rain. This poem is an ode towards the March sisters. Jo spends a great deal of time, to go in depth into each of the sisters’ personalities. Her real perspective of the people around her is shown throughout this poem. You not only see the sisters true characters but also how Jo sees herself. She writes this poem with great love and care. This poem shows how strong the sisters' bond is and how they will always be together. They are truly made by "love's immortal power". Description of Poem Fiction Events: Jo meets Laurie at the ball (breaking news script)
Pg. 35 During this part of the story, the readers get to experience the blossoming of love. While Jo and Laurie share similar personalities, only one of them has true feelings for the other. While they meet in an awkward situation, they slowly start to develop a sweet friendship that sticks with them for more than 10 years.Many think they will be together forever. But when love comes in the way, their friendship is put on the line. Setting: Plumfield (Jo’s School for boys) is a fictional estate slightly based on a place her father co founded called Fruitlands.
Pg. 450 This part of the story ends on a happy note. Jo finally gets to experience the feeling that comes when you get what you want. After she spent all her life living for others, she finally gets to live her own life. She also gets married, and settles down after she has kids. She also adopts a few boys. After that, she and her husband, Mr. Bhaer, open a school for boys. They all live happily with their sons, and their wonderful school for boys. Conflict: Amy takes Jo’s book of stories/poems that she wrote and burns it because Jo made her mad.
Pg. 78 This shows how even the happiest family can fall apart. Jo’s most prized possession, her poem book, is burned to ashes, because she angered her younger sister Amy. This is a very surprising part in the story, when you read it. It is very hard to believe anyone would do something, so mean to Jo. Considering, that all she had was that little book, and treasured it greatly. To think that her own sister would do this over a fight, starts a controversy in the book. Fiction While you’ve seen and heard of people falling in love, you would’ve never seen anything like this. You would have never guessed that these two opposite characters would ever fall in love. While carefully examining their conversations, and body language, the smartest of readers will be able to identify the spark of love in this couple’s relationship. One thing to keep an eye out for is the drastic age difference. It calculates to about 20 years. This might be a minor setback, but one of the main morals of the book Little Women is that love has no age limit. This is the part in the book that many readers try to skip. It will not only warm your heart, but it will also break down the toughest of people, and make them cry. When everything seems to be going in the right direction, Beth the sweetest, and the most kind-hearted sister of the March family falls ill and ends up "moving on to a better place in the sky". While reading this story from this point on, you will feel as if something is missing. Without Beth, you will be able to see the differences in the characters. Beth's death really took a toll on the family. The Civil War tells us that the story takes place in the nineteenth century. This kind of symbolizes that rules, and expectations were very different back then. It also affects all the women of the March family greatly. Since Mr. March is fighting in the Civil War, the women are all left alone, to use each other to survive. The author tires to incorporate the struggles they experience as they are left alone without the ‘man of the house’ to help them. She also tries to show how women can be independent and do not need the help of others to stand on their feet. The author uses historical context when she makes the book take place during the Civil War because she is referring to a well known time period. Events/Dialogue: “Miss. March, come to the desk.” “Bring with you the limes you have in your desk.” “Don’t take all” whispered her neighbor. (Amy hastily puts half of her limes on the teacher’s desk). “Is that all?” “Not quite” stammered Amy. “Bring the rest immediately.” “You are sure there are no more?” “I never lie, sir.” “So I see. Now take these disgusting things, two by two, and throw them out the window.”
pg. 69 This part of the story shows you how showing off can backfire. Amy tries to bring in limes to school, which was considered a symbol of wealth, to pretend like she was a very rich person. (“Only the wealthier girls could afford limes. So if you couldn’t afford and bring limes to school then that meant you were poor and became a social outcast” – Yahoo answers.) She was trying to show off to everyone in her school. Trying to make others feel jealous is never a good thing. In this part of the story Amy learns a very important lesson. After: "My castle was the most nearly realized of all. I asked for splendid things, to be sure, but in my heart I knew I should be satisfied, if i had a little home, and John, and some dear children like these." pg 518 These two parts in the book really emphasize the change Meg has gone through throughout her life. She used to be vain and selfish, all she wanted was money. But know that she found love, she is very happy even though she is poor. Meg has realized that money is not the most important thing in life and that you can still find happiness in love. Meg now has two beautiful children and a loving husband. After: "Yes, I remember; but the life I wanted then seems selfish, lonely, and cold to me now." pg 518 These two parts show how Jo has changed. She has changed the way she see things. She wanted to be a famous writer and hated romantic things. But now she has found her true love and couldn't ever imagine wanting what she had wanted before because it seems so lonely to her now. It is ironic because Jo hates romance but yet she gets the most romantic story. Non-fiction Elements From the Book: Actual History: 1.“…and how faithfully I should watch and work to keep his little daughters safe and good for him." pg. 84 1.A women’s job during the civil war was to take care of the children and sometimes help the husband. They spent most of their life having and raising children. 2.Jo leaves home and goes to New York to be a governess. Chapter 32 2.Governesses and tutors were not respected and considered as an unreliable job because it went against the women’s stereotype of staying at home to raise the children. 3.“There were 6 dolls to be taken up and dressed every morning, for Beth was a child” 3.“Most children had little time to play. Many of their games were simple ones did not need much equipment. Children played hopscotch, leapfrog, and hide and seek. Some flew kites and played marbles, and jumped rope, popular toys included ropes and dolls.” 4.The Hummel baby in the middle of the book died of Scarlett fever, and Beth catches it. Later on she dies too, was this common during this time period? 4.Various diseases during the civil war were ASTHENIA, BILIOUS REMITTENT FEVER, CAMP FEVER, CARDITIS, CATARRH, CONSUMPTION, DIPHTHERIA, DROPSY, DYSENTERY, ERYSIPELAS, SCARLET FEVER, etc. 5.Throughout the book, Mr. March went to war, the March family sewed items for the soldiers. 5.Most women were affected by the war in some way. Some leaped into the war effort by working for various organizations; others sewed individual items to be shopped to soldiers. Such womanly efforts certainly attested to the idea that women fought the war in their own ways on the home front. THE END video (breaking news script) Cast:
Isha starring as "Bob Johnson"
Sara starring as "Laurie Laurence"
Shruthi starring as "Jo March"
Sierra starring as "Patrick Star"
Pooja starring as "Pooja"
Special Appearance By "Micheal Payne" Dialogue: "who are your heroes?" asked Jo. "Grandfather and Napoleon." "What lady do you think the prettiest?" said Sallie.
"Margret." "Which do you like the best?" from Fred. "Jo of course."
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