Cover To Cover: Little Women

Elizabeth Bell

Different From The Get-Go

The first two chapters of the book were left out of the movie. Considering the beginning of all books explain the setting and personalities of the characters, the audience misses out on key characteristics of the girls. The lack of information given about the main characters leaves viewers with a weaker connection than the readers.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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In the book, not all of the girls cared much about marriage or finding a man. However, in the movie, there was a big emphasis for all of the girls to get married. This focus on marriage could be simply to satisfy the audience, but that is not the main reason. The book was written in the middle of a war in which women learned how to be independent and survive without men. When the movie came out almost a decade and a half later, the importance of having a husband was much more prominent.

Beth's Boldness

A significant scene for Beth in the book is when she goes and thanks Mr. Lawrence for giving her the piano. Because Beth was displayed as very shy in the book, this scene is pivotal for her character’s development. The absence of Beth’s shy characteristic and this scene in the movie causes the audience to believe that Beth never really overcame her obstacle because it didn’t establish her struggle to begin with. The whole idea of Little Women was that the girls were maturing and without this background and scene, it is uncertain whether or not Beth has crossed the line into woman hood.

Teddy? Is That You?

In the book, Teddy was portrayed as a kind, respectful family friend to the girls. In the movie, though, he was shown as someone who tried really hard to win over the girls hearts. While the girls found comfort in Teddy in the book, the movie makes him seem girl-crazy. This not only suggests that men really have no desire in being just friends with women, but also spices up the plotline of the movie for its viewers.

Two-Faced Meg

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Meg was understood as someone who focused on material possessions and was quite frankly a snob in the book. In the movie, she seemed to be more of a wise, older sibling type of character. This alters the relationship between the sisters as well as makes Meg a role model for girls watching the movie.