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The Importance of the Family in Louisa May Alcott Little Women - Many times people are asked to think about what is important to them. A person may say their home, car, children, material items and some may even say family. In the book Little Women (1868-1869) written by Louisa May Alcott illustrates several family values. The story of the March family starts out during the civil war in New England. The family is left to survive on their own because their father went to protect his country. During the years of life the March children, Margaret (Meg), Josephine (Jo), Beth and Amy, had to face the fact that they were very poor, and couldn't have everything that they fancied....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women] 868 words
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - It is interesting that Louisa May Alcott writes Little Women, in which she incorporates her own feelings and experiences. In fact, Jo's character is a near replication of Alcott herself. This makes the novel all the more interesting and personal, with the author speaking directly through the protagonist. Alcott writes the novel from third person limited point of view, focusing chiefly on Josephine March. She develops the characters brilliantly throughout the entire work, especially the March girls....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women] 940 words
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The Power of Love in Louisa May Alcott Little Women - The Power of Love in Little Women         "Truly, love does work miracles!" (335)  The March family portrayed in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, was the classic American family. The father is fighting in war, the mother is all knowing and wise and the four daughters are budding seeds of independence. In the beginning of the novel we are introduced to all four of the sisters. Meg, the oldest, is wise and very concerned with class and the styles of the times. Jo was the least like any of her sisters....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott Little Women Essays]
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Realistic Dual Natures in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - Realistic Dual Natures in Alcott’s Little Women “Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual′s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is” - Carl Jung Each of us has the capacity for virtue or vice, and our daily actions reflect the combination of both.  In literature, however, people are sometimes depicted as being completely one or the other, giving us inaccurate views of human nature.  We identify better with characters who are more like us--neither completely good nor bad.  Meg, Jo and Amy March in Alcott’s Little Women do not flatly portray complete good or complete evil, but their realistic dual natures increase their believability and...   [tags: Louisa May Alcott Little Women Essays]
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott This book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It in a town in New England in the 1800’s. It about a family and the girls growing up during the 1800’s and the things they have to face. The growing pains that all girls have to go through even now. This was a very sad book at the end when Beth dies. The four main characters are Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth the story centers around the four girls and the life they have during the time they are growing up. Marmee the girls mother is another main character because she is always supporting them in every decision and helping them to make through bad times even when they did not get anything for Christmas....   [tags: Little Women Louisa Alcott Essays] 1461 words
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Louisa May Alcott is best known for her novel Little Women. She was educated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margret Fuller, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, who were family friends, and also educated by her father. Her novel is always in the top ten of the most-read books next to the Bible. Little Women takes place during the 1860s in Concord, Massachusetts. The story begins with four young girls trying to understand the importance of not being selfish, and it follows the lives they live and how they transform into “little women.” Since there is really no antagonist or bad guy portrayed in this novel, Jo March is considered the protagonist....   [tags: Essays on Little Women] 673 words
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Louisa May Alcott: Little Women in a Man's World - ... Her parents, Bronson and Abigail were particularly active in Louisa’s writing. Initially, Louisa’s parents raised their kids with Unitarian beliefs. “The Alcott’s ate a strictly vegetarian regimen. They rejected the use of any sort of animal products. Although cotton would have been a practical alternative, the family refused to use it out of principle, since cotton fabric was the product of slave labor” (Morrow). Because of these beliefs, her father spent most of his time promoting the cause....   [tags: character and story analysis]
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - ... Davis, Amy’s teacher whips hers on her hand for bringing pickled limes to school, she grows paranoid of the situation and so do all her sisters. Marmee even pulls her out of the school. To us, all thit seems quite extreme. But the narrator really wants us to understand why they reacted so strongly: "To others it might seem a ludicrous or trivial affair, but to her it was a hard experience, for during the twelve years of her life she had been governed by love alone, and a blow of that sort had never touched her before." (119) The narrator's affection for Amy and sympathy for her situation is strongly communicated to us in this example, as it is throughout the novel for each of the sister...   [tags: symbolism, poverty, religion] 814 words
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Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins and Little Women - Louisa May Alcott was said to be “the pioneer in the delineation of sprightly young-girl life, brim full of animal spirits, yet overflowing with a desire to be true and brave and helpful”(Delamar). As a classic, inspiring author, Alcott is best known for her novels concerning poverty and family struggles to overcome obstacles, and female independence. Alcott incorporated these ideas through her works in Eight Cousins and Little Women. Even though Rose in Louisa May Alcott’s Eight Cousins and the March sisters in Little Women are brought up in different types of socioeconomic environments, they share common traits and themes, such as moral lessons, feminist ideas, coming of age, and illness a...   [tags: Struggles, Orphans, Poverty] 811 words
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Aesthetic of Character: Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott - ... For example, while men were allowed to be active, assertive and dominant, women should have been submissive, dependant and passive. Exceptions, both for men and women, were not gleefully accepted in the society. This is the main reason for appearance of another term, which is closely connected to the terms gender roles and gender performance, called gender stereotypes. Examples for gender stereotypes can even be found in the book Little Women, mainly through the characters of Mr and Mrs March, Meg, Beth and Amy....   [tags: anthropomorphised animals or objects]
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The Classica Tale of Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott - ... Jo goes to New York as the governess to escape the awkward situation at home and tries her hand at professional writing. Meanwhile, Amy travels through Europe with the March’s wealthy Aunt Carroll and her cousin Flo, expanding her artistic talents. Separately, Laurie goes to Europe with his grandfather to forget about Jo and to pursue his passion for music. While in New York, Jo meets Professor Bhaer. His genius and noble character takes an interest to Jo. Meantime, Laurie and Amy, who meet in Europe, discover that they love each other....   [tags: family, war, sisters]
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Analysis of Women Role´s in Louisa May Alcott´s Little Women - ... Traditional roles of women in America during the 1860s were significantly different than they are today. Around the Civil War era, most women were expected to be homemakers above anything else. They spent much of their days cooking, sewing, or cleaning, and if they failed to create a cheerful, cozy home environment, they were looked down upon because it was considered unacceptable according to society’s standards. (" Literature and Its Times.”) In addition to housework, mothers encouraged their daughters to be “polite, kind, cheerful, selfless, and industrious, and to avoid the display of disagreeable traits such as stubbornness at all times.” However, Alcott “dared to give her characte...   [tags: 1800s, War, Traditionalism] 574 words
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Film Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott´s Little Women - ... The four March daughters in the novel each have distinguishable personalities. Meg is torn between her desire for wealth and her love for a poor man. Jo is the main character who causes much of the drama between the sisters. She is an intelligent, bold teenager who is a talented writer. Beth battles illness at a young age and is the most reserved daughter in the family. The last March, Amy, is a naive and girly little girl. The accuracy of the portrayal of the characters had been crucial for this film adaptation because it represents the intense sincerity and unity that was held within families during this time period....   [tags: Sisters, Novel, Screenplay] 1139 words
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Little Women by Louisa Alcott would definitely appeal to women of all types and ages. Little Women appeals to a broad audience, its full of the values and beliefs, and it paints a very real picture of most American’s lives at the time. The reason for this book appealing to such a broad audience lies in all the characters’ personalities. Mrs. March is a strong, independent woman who never falters, therefore she relates to all independent women; but she is also a mother who plants strong values in her girls and is the rock foundation of the family, with that she relates to all mothers....   [tags: essays research papers] 571 words
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Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women as a Moral Guide - Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women as a Moral Guide Little Women was published in 1868, just a few short years after the Civil War that had devastated the country came to an end. People across the nation were trying to come to terms with emancipation and its implications, and many felt somewhat lost after witnessing the gruesome ideological struggle. In Little Women, Louisa May Alcott attempts to guide the nation’s children through this delicate period of social upheaval by giving them a moral guide to follow....   [tags: Little Women]
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Death and Love in Little Women -   "Four women, taught by weal and woe To love and labor in their prime. Four sisters, parted for an hour, None lost, one only gone..." (365-366). Jo wrote these lines in a poem, after Beth died. This is the most significant struggle for Jo. Jo and Beth are the two middle sisters in the classic novel, Little Women (1869) written by Louisa May Alcott. This is a classic novel about an American family of four daughters, a father who is off at war and a mother who works for the food. Jo and Beth are best friends and Jo sets the example for Beth....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women]
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Comparing Persuasion by Jane Austen and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Both Persuasion by jane Austen and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott tell stories of families of sisters in the nineteenth-century in England and in America. The former is the story of Anne Elliot who had given up Fredrick Wentworth eight years prior to the novel's setting after she was "persuaded" to do so by her old family friend, Lady Russell. Realizing that she has made a terribe mistake once Fredrick returns, wealthier and more professionally sucessful, Anne struggles within herself regarding how much to reveal her feelings for him....   [tags: literary criticism, literature analysis] 1081 words
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Independence of the March Sisters in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - ... Going to work each day teaches the March girls responsibility so they will eventually learn to take care of themselves and not be dependent on someone to provide for them. Ultimately overcoming their burdens, the March girls are one step closer to growing up to become independent young women. Jo resembles many characteristics of being independent, although it could be because of her boyish personality. "Jo's strong sense of self is established in part by her rejection of fashion which she perceives as a sign of dependency and sexual stereotyping" (Dewsbury 49)....   [tags: love, wealth, values]
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The Development of the Hero in Little Women -  Louisa May Alcott furnishes a probing look at the hero through recognition of how the imaginary hero of romantic fiction is not always the ideal while bringing the reader to see the heroic in the everyday lives of four young women with the primary emphasis falling on Jo. In the chapter, "Castles in the Air," as each of the characters envisions the distant future (ten years hence anyway), Jo remarks, "I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle-- something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women] 912 words
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Louisa May Alcott: Daughter, Author, and Transcendentalist - While Louisa May Alcott is most often identified as an author, she also was a dedicated daughter and sister, a Transcendentalist, and an inspiration. Part of the reason that Louisa May Alcott stands out is because of her interesting family, career, and medical history. Born on November 29, 1832 to Bronson Alcott and Abigail May in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Louisa May Alcott was brought up in an unconventional home. For most of her life, Alcott resided in Boston, Concord, and Harvard, Massachusetts....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott, Transcendentalist, ] 995 words
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Biography of Louisa May Alcott - “Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age ill bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success” (Alcott). The wise words of an All-American author who lived a boundless life. From journal and diary entries to novels, short stories, and poems Louisa Alcott had great success and published many books in her lifetime. Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832....   [tags: literature, nineteenth century, Little Women] 1672 words
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A Brief Look at Louisa May Alcott - ... She had seen the effect of society when it opposed her father’s teaching methods and caused his school to close. Similarly, she felt it shutting down her chances of becoming a successful woman writer who sought to create works of genius. She noticed that with every individual idea, there was a chorus of society stopping it from passing. Whilst women authors were around at the time Alcott was trying to establish herself, these women were writing as examples of the female sex, being described as ‘scribblers’ rather than creative individuals....   [tags: Little Women, transcendentalism] 701 words
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Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson - Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson were similar in many ways. They both grew up in poor households during the eighteenth century and were widely published and well-known writers as well as transcendentalists. However, Emerson never had to use a pen name like Alcott’s “A. M. Barnard” in order to be respected, and he was able to attend Harvard College to further his education. His writing would always be regarded more highly than that of Alcott, simply because at that time women were meant to stay at home and supposedly had no need for extended knowledge, advanced thinking, or personal opinions....   [tags: writers, rethoric, little man, little woman]
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From Poverty to Fame: Biography of Louisa May Alcott - Who was Louisa May Alcott. Alcott was a nineteenth century author who wrote numerous famous books, such as the book series Little Women. However, Alcott did not start out famous. As a child, Alcott’s family lived in poverty. Though her family lived in poverty, Alcott had an extremely vivid imagination, especially for a girl during the time period that she lived in. Even when she was young, Alcott’s biggest dream was to become a famous author. She wrote one of her first poems at the age of eight when she saw a robin....   [tags: little women series, nurse, civil war]
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Little Women - “Captured the nuances that still move me to laugh and cry” (Delamar xiii). Louisa May Alcott is such a wonderful woman who was known not only as a great writer, but also a fighter for justice and advocate of human rights. No matter how many difficulties Louisa faced in her life, she had succeeded in achieving her dream. She wrote one of the greatest books of her era, Little Women. She participated in anti-slavery activities, and was a non-official feminist. She worked hard for fans and neither for fame nor money....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Louisa May Alcott] 1104 words
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Biography of Louisa May Alcott - Biography of Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott, an educator and philosopher, and Abigail May, the energetic, philanthropist. Louisa grew up in Concord and Boston, suffering from poverty as a result of her selfish idealist father's inability to support his family. Bronson Alcott habitually sacrificed his wife and daughters by refusing to compromise with a venal world, most conspicuously when he subjected them to an experiment in ascetic communal living at Fruitlands farm in 1843....   [tags: Louis May Alcott Writers Essays] 1369 words
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Discovering Alcott - Discovering Alcott When I was a child, I spent all my free time reading. I loved the Nancy Drew series of mysteries and even read a few Hardy Boys. I also read every other book available in our house, especially the children’s book I read to my younger brothers and sisters. Each of them had a favorite book. Those books were read over and over at bedtime or to entertain them while my mother was busy. As I grew older, the responsibility of reading to the other children passed to my younger sister, Cathy....   [tags: Louisa May Alcott Writers Essays]
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Louisa May Alcott - Louisa May Alcott. Alone, these words mean nothing, but together they spark to life a real, highly spirited, and independent person. Louisa May Alcott is a famous children’s American author with a rebellious spirit, having ideas that challenge the society of that time. She lived from November 29, 1832 to March 6, 1888, passing from this world at age 56. Her surroundings certainly influence her works, for she lived during the Transcendentalism and Romantic periods, not to mention the ghastly, but necessary Civil War....   [tags: Biography, American Author] 1690 words
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Louisa May Alcott - Louisa May Alcott. Alone, these words mean nothing, but together they spark to life a real, highly energetic, and independent person. Louisa May Alcott is a famous children’s American author with a rebellious spirit, having ideas that challenge the society of that time. She lived from November 29, 1832 to March 6, 1888, passing from this world at the age of 56. Her surroundings certainly influenced her works, for she lived during the Transcendentalism and Romantic periods, not to mention the ghastly, but necessary Civil War....   [tags: American Author, Biography] 1659 words
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Character Analysis of Jo in Lousia May Alcott's Little Women - ... Also, the role that she plays is that she always makes sure that everyone has what they need before she is done. Jo also plays the protector in this book and the thing that you are going to see is that when Beth got sick all Jo did was that she lay beside Beth and never left her side. Jo never left Beth’s side even when they had to call their mother and have her come home from Washington to come home because they thought that Beth was going to die. Also, the reason Jo is the protector of the family is that when one of her sister’s got into trouble she would try and take the blame for them....   [tags: protector, boy, role, plays] 639 words
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Louisa May Alcott Bio - Louisa May Alcott Biography Best remembered for her books about the March family, especially her children’s masterpiece, Little Women, Alcott also wrote sensational novels and thrillers for adults. She was a very creative, difficult, and willful girl who was both moody and loyal. Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832, Louisa was the second daughter of Abby May and Amos Bronson Alcott. Being one of four sisters, who were Anna Bronson, Elizabeth Sewall, and Abba May, the Alcott sisters had a very happy childhood....   [tags: essays research papers] 497 words
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Louisa May Alcott and Her Work - Louisa May Alcott and Her Work      Louisa May Alcott was a great writer of her time and is the perfect example of how mixed messages during the American Renaissance affected the lives of young women everywhere. In the book Little Women Louisa gives Marmee the appearance and attitudes of her own mother, Abba Alcott. Her mother once wrote women should assert their, "right to think, feel, and live individually·be something in yourself." In contrast, Louisaâs father, Bronson Alcott, felt that Louisa was more of a challenge because she was willful like her mother and should be taught to control her impulses....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Women Empowerment: The Construction of Female Gender in Anne of Green Gables & Little Women - Introduction The antebellum period brought about many changes in American society. One of those changes was the manner in which American households were organized. Robert Max Jackson argues in his account on gender inequality that up to the 1820s a patriarchal ideology predominated the American household giving fathers absolute authority; they would rule their homes as “communal enterprises” in which husband and wife worked together in order to earn a living. However, from the 1820s onwards the economy rapidly expanded as a consequence of the industrial revolution and many men started to work away from home in industrial and commercial firms, leaving their wives at home to carry out the dom...   [tags: Anne of Green Gables, Little Women]
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Women of the Civil War - Women of the Civil War Women may have been little recognized for their contributions to the war effort, but they were not untouched (Civil War Women). The women of the Civil War held many jobs and contributed greatly to the war. Loreta Velazquez disguised herself as a Confederate soldier and Rose O’Neal Greenhow was a spy for the Confederates and Louisa May Alcott was a nurse for the Union soldiers. During the Civil War, women disguise themselves as men to help the war efforts. They disguised themselves for many reasons including: to fight for their country, to fight for their rights, to fight along side their husbands (A, B, C.) Loreta Velazquez was one of many women soldiers, she disguis...   [tags: Loreta Velazquez, Rose O'Neal, Louisa May Alcott]
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Women's Identities in The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Behind a Mask by Louisa May Alcott - Women's Identities in The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Behind a Mask by Louisa May Alcott Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple has a rich array of female characters to examine when answering the above question. I feel that Louisa May Alcott’s short story, “Behind A Mask” offers an equally rich array of female characters to consider. Through the course of this essay I will show how Walker and Alcott used different narrative techniques and made different use of language and dialogue to create their characters; and how they each respectively created very powerful pieces of work, identifying with their characters and the problems and obstacles faced by them in their everyday lives....   [tags: Literature Female Characters Society Essays]
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Individualism in the Film Jane Eyre - ... Tom’s essay speaks of how “historically, people have not been kind to that which is different”, yet however, she encourages this drive within individuals as she goes on to say, “this [in fact] is what has driven the evolution of society.” Though many historical events such as the Holocaust and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade have not been greeted with gratitude nonetheless, Tom explains that the acknowledgement of such events results in the evolution and change of an individualistic society. The importance of embracing one’s individuality through recognition of the barriers set by one’s society, is further exemplified in Alcott’s novel, where Marmee March, a mother of four wonderful daugh...   [tags: creativity, little women, alcott] 1037 words
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Little Women Bliss - In Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women, some of the recurring themes include learning to appreciate what you have and that having money does not guarantee happiness-- family and love are just as important for the well being of oneself. These themes are taught to the five girls of the March family- Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy- by their thoughtful, affectionate mother. The mother’s wisdom is gradually passed down to her four daughters, teaching them the importance of love, gratefulness, and selflessness....   [tags: self-acceptance, family, love]
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The Female Struggle to Fit into Society in Little Women - The Female Struggle to Fit into Society in Little Women The Victorian Era hailed many prolific authors, which were mostly male. A woman who wanted to be a writer at this time was not respected and would have been accused of being whimsical and flighty. However, women such as Louisa May Alcott redefined the norms and followed her heart with her pen by writing Little Women. The novel follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood trying to find their place in society....   [tags: social issues, women's role]
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Alcott and Hawthorne's Portrayal of Feminine Roles - In the nineteenth century domestic, maternal women were considered the ideal. Several authors challenged this ideal while others glorified it and showed it as completely pragmatic. After all, who better to raise and feed the family than the one who is responsible for giving life to them. Louisa May Alcott shows her primary female figure in Transcendental Wild Oats, Hope Lamb, in a strong traditional female role. Hope is arguably the strongest character in the story and serves as an alternative to the typical modern feminist society promotes today....   [tags: American Literature] 1371 words
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Classic Tale of Little Woman: Acting Project Paper - ... Jo is afraid of change and tries to ruin their relationship. Laurie takes this emotional time to express his love for Jo. Jo is shocked and refuses him hardily, saying that she only thinks of him as a true friend. Jo leaves the March house to separate herself from all the drama. Acting as a governess, she continues her writing and tries to publish some of her works while she is in New York. In her time there she meets a German professor by the name of Bhaer and creates an emotional bond to him....   [tags: sisters, relationship, internal conflict]
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Little Women - Little Women, Louisa May Alcott Book Theme: In the arduous journey from childhood to adulthood, a young woman is faced with two things that need great attention and balance - the progress of her individual social standing, and the welfare of her immediate family. Main Conflict: The book does not really follow the traditional single plot line characteristic of many stories (especially during the time it was written). Alcott illustrated the roads the four March girls Amy, Beth, Jo, and Meg take in their lives as they become young women....   [tags: essays research papers] 650 words
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Little Women - Movie vs. Book - Little Women - Movie vs. Book According to the Internet Movie Database's exhaustive records, Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women" has seen itself recreated in four TV series, four made for TV movies and five feature length movies since 1918. The most recent version appeared in 1994 and features Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Samantha Mathis, Eric Stoltz, Susan Sarandon, and Gabriel Byrne. As a long time fan of the novel, who has happily carted her large leather bound gold-gilded unabridged edition whenever she has moved, I find that I was disappointed in this newest movie version....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast] 805 words
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Feminism and Society in "Little Women" - The story Little Women takes place at a time when women were taking on uncustomary roles like physical laborer, family protector and provider, and military volunteer while their husbands served during the Civil War. Keeping within the boundaries of the time, Louisa May Alcott uses herself and her own three sisters to create this classical novel from personal experiences. Each sister is different. They each set goals and dreams for their selves whether it goes along with their contemporary society or not....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Little Women: Musical Reproduction - Little Women is a musical based on a novel by an American author named Louisa May Alcott. The novel follows the lives of four sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March and it is loosely based on the author’s own childhood experiences with her sisters. The musical is a production by the Repertory Philippines, which is directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, who has been an actress for Repertory Philippines for more than 15 years. Lauchengco-Yulo describes the play as, “ a beautiful story based on one of the most heart warming stories ever written.” Little Women is set in the Alcott family home during the 1800’s in Concord, Massachusetts....   [tags: Analytic Essay ] 1536 words
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Light - Louisa May Alcott was said to be “the pioneer in the delineation of sprightly young-girl life, brim full of animal spirits, yet overflowing with a desire to be true and brave and helpful”(Delamar 150). As a classic, inspiring author, Alcott is best known for her novels concerning poverty, family struggles to overcome obstacles, and female independence. Alcott incorporated these ideas through her works in Eight Cousins and Little Women. Even though Rose in Louisa May Alcott’s Eight Cousins and the March sisters in Little Women are brought up in different types of socioeconomic environments, they share common traits and themes, such as moral lessons, feminist ideas, and coming of age....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Alcott] 2046 words
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Louisa May Alcott's Behind a Mask - Behind a Mask is a book that demonstrates the power a woman possesses. During a time in which those who are not rich are considered mere human beings, Louisa May Alcott creates a character by the name of Jean Muir who surpasses the society she lives in. Muir is a woman who seeks to have a prestigious title that will give her the recognition she desires. As governess to the Coventry family Muir puts in play a plan to marry Sir John, the old uncle in the family, whose title she wants. In the process of getting sir John’s tittle Jean causes controversy in between the family which results as a positive thing for the family as a whole....   [tags: A Woman's Power, story analysis]
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Little Women - Title: Little Women Number of Pages: 562 Original Copyright Date: 1868 Date Completed: February 23, 2000 Author: Louisa May Alcott Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Plot Summary: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are the March sisters. Their father is off to war and they rely on their mother, Marmee, to see them through the hard times of the Civil War. In the first part of this book the reader is introduced to the characters. Meg is the sensible one, Jo is the tomboy , Beth is the sweet one, and Amy is the artistic and feminine one....   [tags: essays research papers] 1247 words
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