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In Little Women, which of the four March sisters seems to be the most "in charge" or confident? Which of them seems to be more hesitant and unsure of herself? Use textual evidence from chapter 1 to support your answer.  

In Little Women, Meg, as the eldest sister, takes charge and tells the others what to do. Jo, however, appears more confident and outgoing. Beth is the most obviously hesitant and timid of the sisters, but her gentle manner is actually more effective in persuading the others to do as she wishes than Meg's assertiveness.

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Meg seems to be the most "in charge" while Amy is the most confident, and Beth is the most hesitant sister. Although Meg complains about being poor at first, she speaks, soon after, in an "altered tone" about doing their part and "mak[ing] [their] little sacrifices." Later, when Jo and Amy begin to quarrel, Meg encourages them not to "peck at one another," calling them "children" and "girls," though she is only a year older than Jo.

Amy, however, seems to be the most confident. While Meg feels badly about wanting pretty things yet hating being poor and wishing she could quit working, Amy claims that she—absolutely—suffers the most of all her sisters because she has

to go to school with impertinent girls, who plague you if you don't know your lessons, and laugh at your dresses.

Then, when Jo uses slang words, Amy orders her to stop and says that she hates "rude, unladylike girls." She is certainly extremely confident in her own opinions of others and herself. Even Meg tells Amy that...

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