Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Summary

This story takes place in 19th century America during the Civil War. The family was rich but had recently fallen on hard times. The father of the house went off to war to be a chaplain. The four girls (Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy) and their mother must find out how to manage without a man of the house. Their father gets hurt while in the war and marmee has to go and take care of him. As the four girls grow older they have to battle their own challenges. Throughout the story everyone's personalities become the opposite of what they are.


Character Traits in the beginning

Favorite Passage

"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. I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle—something heroic, or wonderful—that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all, some day. I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous; that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream." -Jo

The girls are all talking about their dreams and what they want in life. All the others want fancy things, a big house and someone to share it with. All Jo wants is to become a famous writer.


Little Women Movie Trailer (1994)

Little Women trailer

Review

I enjoyed this book very much. The author used language I could actually understand which isn't typical of most older books. Although it was a long book it had a great central message of love and family. The girls all love one another and are very kind and loving towards strangers. The Marchs are a very tightly knit family.


Work Cited

Pictures


"Amy March (Little Women) Amy March." Amy March. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/amy-march-little-women/images/34691920/title/amy-march-photo>.


"Bunbury in the Stacks." Bunbury in the Stacks. N.p., 01 Nov. 2013. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://bunburyinthestacks.com/discussion-2/happy-mothers-day-amazing-moms-in-fiction-and-real-life/>.


Crum, Madeleine. "Here's Exactly Why 'Little Women' Doesn't Need A Remake." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 01 Nov. 2013. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/little-women-movie_n_4183636.html>.

"Ill Seen, Ill Said: Inspiring Women: Jo March." Ill Seen, Ill Said: Inspiring Women: Jo March. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://seenandsaid.blogspot.com/2010/08/inspiring-women-jo-march.html>.


"La Duquesa Lectora: Las Hermanas March: Beth." La Duquesa Lectora: Las Hermanas March: Beth. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://laduquesaindiscreta.blogspot.com/2012/01/las-hermanas-march-beth.html>.



"What Did John Brooke Secretly Keep That Belonged to Meg March? - The Little Women Trivia Quiz - Fanpop." What Did John Brooke Secretly Keep That Belonged to Meg March? - The Little Women Trivia Quiz - Fanpop. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/little-women/quiz/show/901727/what-did-john-brooke-secretly-keep-belonged-meg-march>.


Book


Monfried, Lucia, and Louisa May Alcott. Little Women. New York: Baronet /Playmore, 1989. Print.