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Copy of Little Women
Transcript of Copy of Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
By Taylor Hall
The story takes place in a small house in 1861 to 1876 with part of the story taking place during the Civil War. The father of the main character is a chaplain in the Civil War and brings worries to the family when he gets sick. The main characters live in poverty and cannot afford many materialistic items which they crave.
The protagonist of the story is Jo (Josephine) March, a tomboyish girl, very tall, fifteen years old, and full of adventure. She loves to write, act, and read novels. The antagonist is herself. She fights with growing up and making herself the woman she feels she should be.
The main characters along with Jo are her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy, and her friend Laurie. These characters are well-developed and change throughout the story.
Meg is sixteen years old, extremely pretty, quiet, and easy to manage.
Beth is thirteen years old, timid, peaceful, a bright-eyed girl, and musically talented
Amy is twelve years old, has blue eyes and curly yellow hair and is artistic, very self-centered, and very mindfull of her manners.
Laurie is a handsome and rich young boy who becomes great friends with Jo.
Jo has a quick temper and distinct moods. She fights with herself in trying to control her attitude and actions for the sake of others and herself. There is a time when she lets her anger towards Amy keep her from helping Amy when she is in a life or death situation. She also has a hard time accepting that she is growing into a woman although not fitting the picture of what an average woman looks like.
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott grew up in poverty, was ambitious, and believed that everyone should strive for the best they have within themselves instead of just accepting what they are given and suffering in it. She expressed these beliefs and morals in how the characters thought, acted, and spoke.The characters lived in poverty as she did while learning to strive for their best.
Minor Characters' Resolutions
These characters play important parts in the plot of the story but do not have their own conflict.
Mrs. March, the mother of the March sisters, stays alongside her daughters in troubled times and gives them motherly advice.
Mr. March is the father of the sisters and is always there to comfort and pass on wisdom to his daughters.
Hannah is the housekeeper of the March family. She is like a part of the family and helps them whenever she is needed.
Mr. Bhaer is an older man who falls in love with Jo. He is a teacher and is good with children.
Mr. Brooke is Laurie's tutor and falls in love with Meg.
Conflicts for minor characters:
Meg has trouble turning away from high society and wealth.
Beth becomes ill, faces the idea of death, and questions if her life has been useless.
Amy struggles with her selfish desires for materialistic things. She considers her own desires before others' and becomes focused on her earthly life.
Laurie fights with finding the one person who will make a good spouse and becomes self-centered and lazy.
The theme of Little Women is self-improvement and sacrifice. I feel the main characters have to realize their weaknesses and improve upon them. They also must sacrifice their materialistic wants for true happiness and love.
The climax of the story occurs when Jo declares her love for Mr. Bhaer. Before this, she was struggling with her quick temper and knowing whether or not she was on the right path of womanhood. When falling in love with Mr. Bhaer, she realizes that her life is just going to be different from others' lives, and it is better to live in poverty and be truly happy than to have everything work out perfectly and not be happy. At this point, the reader knows that Jo has learned her lesson and will make the right choices.
Jo agrees to marry Mr. Bhaer and work hard to make a living. Because she is fond of boys and enjoys helping people who cannot afford many things, like herself, she and Mr. Bhaer start a school for young boys where they can grow and learn.
Meg gets married to Mr. Brooke and learns to focus on family.
Beth, although she dies, finds that her life was useful. She set an example to her family, especially Jo, of true faith and humility.
Amy gets married to Laurie and begins to devote herself to love and generosity.
Laurie changes his attitude and becomes his noble self again.
Jo faces several challenges throughout the story that try her temper, faith, and wisdom to do what is right. She finds true love with a poor man and decides that true happiness and hard work is more valuable than wealth and fame. She accepts herself for who she is, accepts her life, and uses her experiences to help others by starting a school.
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