Children's Literature in the American tradition is supposed to compare the origin and progress of nations to the growth and development of children. Do you see that in Little Women? If so, where...

Children's Literature in the American tradition is supposed to compare the origin and progress of nations to the growth and development of children. Do you see that in Little Women? If so, where and how?

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much like a child does, nations also must encounter the bumps and bruises of growth along the way to a prosperous and healthy life.  They must face obstacles and challenges during the journey.  Sometimes those obstacles and challenges will be painful and frustrating.  There are also great lessons learned in those challenges and obstacles, though.  Such is also the case for the women in Little Women

Would this statement then apply to Little Women as well?If so, in what way?

1.      American children’s literature is an allegorical  „Declaration of Independence” in a sense that it makes children go through bitter hardships on their pursuit for happiness -  before finally achieving autonomy and assuming responsibility.

Yes, it would apply because Jo, especially, goes through many experiences that cause her to grow and mature as a young woman.  However, her sisters do, too! :)

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much like a child does, nations also must encounter the bumps and bruises of growth along the way to a prosperous and healthy life.  They must face obstacles and challenges during the journey.  Sometimes those obstacles and challenges will be painful and frustrating.  There are also great lessons learned in those challenges and obstacles, though.  Such is also the case for the women in Little Women

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My favorite character is Jo, but all of her sisters are endearing. They have different personalities and likes and dislikes.  This makes for interesting alliances and an active battlefield as they push for larger boundaries and greater freedoms toward adulthood.  The same can be said for emerging countries ...always looking for ways to expand boundaries and power, freedoms, alliances and recognition. 

erabene3 | Student

Much like a child does, nations also must encounter the bumps and bruises of growth along the way to a prosperous and healthy life.  They must face obstacles and challenges during the journey.  Sometimes those obstacles and challenges will be painful and frustrating.  There are also great lessons learned in those challenges and obstacles, though.  Such is also the case for the women in Little Women

Would this statement then apply to Little Women as well?If so, in what way?

1.      American children’s literature is an allegorical  „Declaration of Independence” in a sense that it makes children go through bitter hardships on their pursuit for happiness -  before finally achieving autonomy and assuming responsibility.

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