In the story “Scarlet Stockings” by Louisa May Alcott, what would be one of the major themes? Also, does it offer a timely message, and is it a story that people should still read today?

One of the major themes of Louisa May Alcott’s story “Scarlet Stockings” is love during wartime. Alcott explores the way love changes in the challenging circumstances created by the Civil War. Both Belle and Harry are forced to become more mature, although the war affects them differently according to their genders. The story’s message remains timely, because armed conflicts constantly occur all over the planet, so many couples must reevaluate their relationships when military service separates them.

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Louisa May Alcott ’s “Scarlet Stockings” features the theme of love during wartime. The author traces the relationship between two young people as they move from friendship, through a budding romantic interest, into deeply committed love and engagement. Alcott shows that love changes when people are placed in challenging circumstances—in this case, those created by the Civil War. Both Belle and Harry have to grow up fast. They must quickly become more...

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