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The conflicts in Little Women

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The main conflicts in Little Women include the internal struggles of each March sister with personal growth and societal expectations. Jo battles with her desire for independence versus societal norms for women, while Meg grapples with her role as a wife and mother. Additionally, Amy faces challenges in her artistic ambitions, and Beth deals with her illness and its impact on the family.

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What is the conflict between Amy and Jo in Little Women?

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, figures out where her sisters are going, and begins to whine and cajole to be taken along. Amy, who is used to getting her way, insists that she will go, because she has her own money, and Mother has said that she might see the play, although not necessarily with Meg and Jo. Meg begins to waver, saying that perhaps the girls can take Amy along, but Jo is unyielding. Jo argues that it would "be very rude, after (Laurie) invited only (her and Meg,) to go and drag in Amy." Jo does not look forward to the prospect "of overseeing a fidgety child when she want(s) to enjoy herself," and she also says that, since the seats are reserved, Laurie would chivalrously give his seat up for Amy and be the one to sit alone, which will spoil their pleasure. Laurie then arrives, and Jo and Meg go with him, leaving Amy behind, wailing and promising that she will make Jo "sorry for this."

Amy does indeed make Jo sorry; although she does not understand the full implications of her act, she does the one thing which she knows will hurt Jo severely. Amy takes the book that Jo has been working on, the one which holds the only painstakingly written copy of her literary creations, and burns it (Chapter 8).

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What is the main conflict in Little Women?

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 Civil War, Mrs. March and her girls struggle against the tribulations of war, poverty, sickness, and personal relationships. The daughters also experience the internal conflicts of maturation.

The opening passages of Alcott's classic tale indicate that the March family must make sacrifices now that the only male member of the family is gone. While Jo grumbles, "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," Meg reminds them that Mother has said that they must do their share during the war. Nevertheless, she and the other sisters all have complaints about their financial situation. After a while, the girls decide that they will each spend the one dollar that their mother has given them. However, after some discussion, the girls decide to pool together their money and buy Marmee (their name for the mother) a well-deserved present. They will not tell her of their decision, so that she will be happily surprised.

Later in the narrative, Marmee receives a telegraph from a hospital in Washington, D.C., that reads "Your husband is very ill. Come at once." Everyone cries; their servant Hannah is the first to recover saying, "The Lord keep the dear man! I won't waste no time a cryin', but git your things ready right away, mum." (Ch. 15) Because Marmee needs some money for the trip, Jo makes an uneasy decision; she has always been proud of her luxurious hair, but she unselfishly has it cut to be used for a woman's wig. With the $25.00 that she earns, she returns home and gives it to her mother for the trip to the hospital in Washington. In the night, Jo cries as she feels the loss of her prized possession, but she recriminates herself for her vanity.

Because the novel is episodic, several conflicts contribute to the main one of dealing with life. As the title suggests, the narrative is about the ways that women support one another and form strong bonds of sisterhood, love for family, and friendship. They struggle together against various hardships, sickness, and personal trials, but always their love for one another provides them strength and solicitude.

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What is one of the main conflicts and solutions in the book Little Women?

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 the expectations of society and what she knows her family expects of her. She does not want to disappoint those that she loves, but does not want to sacrifice her beliefs. She solves this struggle by setting out on her own, and eventually meets Mr. Bhaer who loves her for who she is and supports her the way she needs in order to be who she truly is.

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What is one of the main conflicts and solutions in the book Little Women?

This book has many conflicts. The first and most obvious conflict is the war. The war separates families, and causes death everywhere. A second conflict in the book is between Jo and Amy. The conflict centers around their mutual adoration of Ashley and the jealousy that creates. There are also gender conflicts in the novel. The girls dress up as men to perform their plays, and Jo cuts off her hair to sell. These activities are acts of rebellion against a pro ladylike society.

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