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Little Women takes place over a number of years and shows the growth and maturation of the four daughters into "little women" or what we would today call "young women." As the story opens, Meg is...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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One of the key themes of Little Women is the importance of family. The March sisters are extremely close to one another and to their parents. Receiving a letter from their father, who is away from...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020, 2:44 am (UTC)

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When the book opens, the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, live in rural New England during the Civil War. The name of the town is Plumfield, but the setting is likely Concord,...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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In Little Women, Beth is described as the shyest sister. She is gentle and often keeps the peace among her family. She spends her time taking care of others, and while taking care of her poor...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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Alcott never actually reveals Professor's Bhaer exact age; when Jo first describes him, she says he is "most forty" (almost forty), so he is likely a middle-aged gentleman around thirty-five to...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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There is a three year age difference between Laurie and Amy. When Jo meet Laurie, they have the following conversation: "Aren't you but fifteen?" asked Jo, looking at the tall lad, whom she had...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:48 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 39 of Little Women, entitled "Lazy Laurence," there is a long dialogue between Laurie and Amy. Laurie is living a dissolute and aimless lifestyle in Europe, heartbroken after Jo rejected...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:36 am (UTC)

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The main conflict in Little Women is the struggle which the March family has with the vicissitudes of life. While Mr. March, who has lost his fortune, is off to serve as an army chaplain in the...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2017, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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Jo March cuts her hair to make money from selling it to be used for wig making. She earns twenty-five dollars for it, a great deal of money for the period, even though the barber who cut her hair...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:23 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of Little Women, the March sisters are facing their first Christmas without their father. This draws them even closer to their mother, for whom they have always had great love and...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020, 11:01 am (UTC)

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In one of the most famous scenes in Little Women, Amy burns the manuscript on which Jo has been painstakingly working for a long time. She does it out of sheer spite because Jo didn't want Amy to...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:10 am (UTC)

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The four March daughters begin the book by grumbling about their lack of money for Christmas presents. Rather than continue to bemoan their family's fortune, they decide to spend all their money on...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018, 8:03 pm (UTC)

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Alcott employs the literary device of allusion, using John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress as the frame for her own novel. As in Bunyan's allegorical work, where the aptly named Christian embarks on a...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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Jo March of Little Women is one of the most memorable female characters in literature. She tomboy who, in a family of girls, takes on the role of protector when her father is away. This...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2018, 7:54 am (UTC)

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Jo secret is that she has submitted two stories she has written to a newspaperman to see if he will buy them and publish them in his paper. She goes off to his office secretly, not telling her...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019, 3:08 am (UTC)

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The narrator certainly describes the extreme poverty of the family and how very needy they are, as they seem to have next to nothing: one bed, little food, and hardly any means of warmth. There is...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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The climax of Little Women is more than likely the moment when Laurie proposes marriage to Jo, and still after all the vicissitudes that Jo went through found the courage to decline the marriage...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2009, 4:31 am (UTC)

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Literary devices give words meaning or force beyond their literal meanings. Alcott uses many literary devices in Little Women. One literary device she employs is malapropism, which is having a...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Another conflict is the conflict between self and desire. Jo desperately wants to be respected for her work as an author and wants to live her life the way she feels is fair. She is caught up in...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008, 5:12 am (UTC)

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Near the beginning of the book, the girls wake up on Christmas morning to discover that their mother is not home. They know that she will be back shortly and are excited about giving her the gifts...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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The resolution in a novel gives a sense of closure. The reader sees this closure at the end of Little Women. Amy marries Laurie and Jo marries Professor Bhaer. Aunt March dies, and Jo inherits her...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016, 7:39 am (UTC)

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Jo, as the questing hero, comes from humble beginnings. From poverty she rises to find her true self (in this case a writer). The typical mentor role is played by Marmee. Through her wisdom, Jo...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2009, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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The Civil War is present in Alcott's Little Women, but it is a marginal part of the story. At the beginning of the novel, as Mr. March is away serving as a chaplain in the war, but he later returns...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018, 2:18 pm (UTC)

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I believe the conflict you are asking about is the one that occurrs when Laurie invites the older girls, Jo and Meg, to the theater to see the play Seven Castles. Amy, who has not been invited,...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010, 2:09 am (UTC)

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Jo changes from an exuberant and sometimes hot-tempered teenager in the opening part of the novel to someone who becomes more somber due to changes in her family. As the first part of the novel...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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Transcendentalists held progressive views of women, and they believed that people should consult their own consciences in making moral decisions. Both of those aspects of transcendental thought...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 1 of Louisa May Alcott's semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women, opens on Christmas Eve in the early 1860s with the four March sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy, discussing their prospects...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Amy's decision to change the small bottle of perfume she had originally bought for her mother for a larger one is a clear indicator that...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2021, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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In Little Women, Mr. March—the patriarch of the March family consisting of wife Margaret and daughters Margaret, Jo, Beth, and Amy—is absent through most of the story. During the first half of the...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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Of the four March sisters, Beth is clearly not the most "in charge" or confident, though her sweet temper and modesty give her a great deal of influence over the rest of the family. Any of the...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020, 10:41 am (UTC)

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Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women is the story of the March family: Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and their mother Marmee. The story is about a houseful of girls living alone with their mother because...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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The precise details of the Marches' financial embarrassment are never actually spelled out. All that we're told is that Mr. March lost his property trying to help out an “unfortunate friend.” It...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:43 am (UTC)

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In the novel, each of the girls struggles with a fault. For Jo, her fault, or "burden," is her hot temper. When she gets angry, people know it. She lashes out and has a hard time forgiving. Her...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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We get some insight into this when Laurie tells Jo the "secret" of where Meg's glove is—that is, in Mr Brooke's pocket. We are told that Jo has anxiously been noticing that Meg is becoming a woman,...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018, 8:24 am (UTC)

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Over the years, a number of theories have been floated as to why Mrs. March is called Marmee by her daughters. However, the most likely explanation is that it's how the word “Mommy” is pronounced...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:24 am (UTC)

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The term "shabby-genteel" is no longer quite as common as it once was, but it perfectly encapsulates the socioeconomic status of the March family in Little Women. Poor but outwardly respectable,...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2021, 9:44 am (UTC)

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott takes place during and after the Civil War. I know this because, in the first chapter, Mr. March is a chaplain in the army. Meg, awaiting the letter Mrs. March...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2011, 9:55 am (UTC)

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In one way, the relationship between Jo March and Theodore Laurence (Laurie) in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is as simple as the relationship between any brother and sister; however, because...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2014, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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"Hidden messages" is not a particularly clear literary term, but I assume what you mean by this is what messages, lessons, or values are being delivered to readers, perhaps without their fully...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2013, 5:42 pm (UTC)

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Marmee's just received word from Washington that her husband is ill, so she wastes no time in packing her trunk and getting ready to head off on the long, arduous journey. Before she goes, she...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019, 7:29 am (UTC)

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Little Women is written in a third-person omniscient point of view. This means that the narrator knows all the girls’ thoughts, feelings, and actions. The narrator is all-knowing and even knows the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018, 3:29 pm (UTC)

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Sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy create their own version of the Pickwick Club, based on the popular novel The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Each sister plays a character from the novel during...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016, 7:21 am (UTC)

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After turning Laurie's marriage proposal down, it seems as if Jo has confirmed her independence. That act did come with a price though. It also seems as if Jo is destined to live a single,...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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Jo is rebellious against the typical female gender role of the Civil War era because she rejects most of the norms established for proper female conduct. For one, she resents her femaleness and...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2016, 10:46 am (UTC)

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Despite his having earlier been in love with and proposed to Jo, it is Amy who Laurie ultimately marries. Laurie, whose full name is Theodore Laurence, lives in the mansion next to the March...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:19 am (UTC)

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After Beth's death, Jo tried to assume her role as the innocent, helpful child. Especially in relation to her parents, Jo felt the need to fill the void left by Beth's goodness. Knowing how much...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2008, 12:04 am (UTC)

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The fact that the female characters are centered at all in Little Women is a feature of liberal feminism. The main characters are the March girls and their mother, and the male characters are...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2022, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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Jo and Laurie are alike in terms of the way neither one really embodies the qualities typically associated with their own gender. Jo is bookish and headstrong; she hates getting dressed up, and she...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2016, 12:47 am (UTC)

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Jo's venture is writing a sensational, melodramatic short story to try to win a $100 prize from a newspaper. It takes her six weeks to find out that she has indeed won the prize. Jo hears about the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019, 4:22 pm (UTC)

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