Little Women

By: Louisa May Alcott


This book tells you the lives of the 4 main characters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March- that shows you how the girls enter womanhood. It is based off of the author and her three sisters' lives. The father of the girls is off fighting the war and mom is left to take care of the girls. Father gets hurt at war, and mom has to go and take care of matters. While she is gone, matters get worse at home when Beth gets Scarlet Fever and is about to pass away.Will she survive until her parents get home? Will the March family ever be the same? What will the girls do with their future? You will have to read to find out.


This book is a good read as far as classic novels go. It was good to read before performing the play because it gives the full background of the story so I understand my character more. I enjoyed it because it is a story that can pertain to anyone even in this day and age. Men still go to war and get injured, and children get sick. And it shows that everything will eventually work out, maybe not the way you thought, but it will. I think that is an important lesson that everyone needs to learn.


Jo- Tomboyish girl who only wants to be a boy and go fight in the war with her father.

Meg- The mother of the girls, she is the oldest and is always wanting the best for her sisters.

Beth- Quiet and sweet girl who only wishes the best to people.

Amy- The youngest and the most spoiled. She always looking out for number one. Throughout the play she gets better.

Marmee- The mother of the girls. Marmee has a big heart and the girls love her more than anything.

Hannah- The nanny to the girls. She cares very much for the March family. She is the comic relief in the book.

Father- The father of the March girls. He is not in the book alot but you can tell that he means alot to the girls and they look up to him.

My Favorite Passage:

I enjoy this passage because I say a version of this in the play this month and it is a moving part in the play.

"Give them all my dear love and a kiss. Tell them I think of them by day, pray for them by night, and find my best comfort in their affection at all times. A year seems very long to wait before I see them, but remind them that while we wait we may all work, so that these hard days need not be wasted. I know they will remember all I said to them, that they will be loving children to you, will do their duty faithfully, fight their bosom enemies bravely, and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women."


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