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Louisa May Alcott

In her short story “Scarlet Stockings,” Louisa May Alcott relates the developing relationship between Belle, a strong-minded girl, and Harry, whom she initially denigrates as frivolous. The story...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020 5:48 am UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

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...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020 2:21 am UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

I only learned today that "contraband" during the Civil War referred to runaway slaves who were liberated when they appeared in Union military camps. This was about the time of the Emancipation...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2011 10:49 am UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

"Our Little Ghost" is part of a genre of poetry about the death of a child, which was very popular in the Victorian era. This can seem odd to us today, but we should remember that this was a period...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 12:13 pm UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

In this story, Louisa May Alcott's narrator, also named Louisa, tells of taking a job as a paid companion to a clergyman's invalid sister. The clergyman describes the job as very easy and speaks of...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2020 10:25 pm UTC

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Longfellow and Alcott were both New England writers; Longfellow was born in Maine and Alcott lived in Concord, Massachusetts. Their lives overlapped somewhat; Longfellow was 26 years older than...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 2:55 pm UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow both write about moral heroines who are notable for their sacrifices to others. In Alcott's Little Women, Jo sells her beautiful hair to pay for her...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 8:38 pm UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

The most striking feminist aspect of the story is its focus on the young nurse and her agency in tending to Bob. In particular, once she hears Bob's story about his white brother and his wife, her...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2021 12:00 pm UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

Alcott's poem finds two chief values in the simple act of washing clothes. First, the speaker finds it a happy task. She can sing, and she can enjoy the way the white foam rises as she scrubs. She...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 4:11 am UTC

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I don't believe that Alcott is arguing against Transcendentalism, per se, but rather she is taking issue with the men in her "utopian" community who prefer to focus on philosophy at the expense of...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 1:13 pm UTC

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Louisa May Alcott

In using figurative language and adopting an entertaining persona, Louisa May Alcott was able to provide a tone that seemed more fictitious than autobiographical in Hospital Sketches. One usually...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2011 8:54 am UTC

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