While the story develops, Jo is beginning to see the error of her ways. As she is growing into adulthood she starts to become fully appreciative of love and support from her family. Stuart adds, “in that sentimental yet realistic look at domestic life, second eldest sister Jo March--whom generations of girls recognize as [is] a thinly veiled version of Alcott herself” (Stuart 2005). Alcott envisions Jo March as herself and was capable to make a deeper connection in her writings. Incorporating the examination of how four young girls lived during the
In addition, when Cecil Jacobs provokes her in the schoolyard by saying ugly things about Atticus, Scout is quick to draw her fist but then lowers it and walks away. She turns her back and does not come back even to the chanting, “Coward” which shows extreme maturity even though Scout does not mature the way Aunt Alexandra imagines her to, like wearing pretty dresses or listening to town gossip. This is evident during the tea party when one woman asks her, “Where are your britches,” and Scout replies, “Under my dress” (229). She looks like a girl on the outside but is still a boy in the inside, but she matures into a woman in her heart, which is more important, and learns that being a woman is not just looking pretty. Throughout the novel, Miss Maudie and Calpurnia positively influence Scout’s vision of womanhood.
Through these two novels, the five mother/daughter pairs and the perception of mother to daughter, the theme of mother daughter relationships is distinctly portrayed. Pearl views her mother in many different ways. Often, through her mother's movements, or appearance, she will view her mother as fragile, yet strong and knowing, "...I imagine my mother's parchment like skin, furious... ... middle of paper ... ...ire. "Amy Tan." The Bloomsbury Guide to Womens Literature.
She does this by illustrating the moral trials and triumphs of the March family. Although these girls are all basically good at heart, each has a flaw she struggles to overcome. By highlighting their defects as well as their assets, Alcott allows the reader to sympathize with the March girls, and because the Marches try so hard to correct their flaws, the reader is inspired to correct her own faults. Little Women is obviously a piece of didactic literature, but Alcott believes its message will be better received if the audience actually enjoys reading it. She sets her novel up as a behavioral guide for her young readers in the preface, in which she hopes that it will be both entertaining and morally instructional for the reader: Go then, my little book, and show to all That entertain and bid thee welcome shall, What thou dost keep close shut up in thy breast; And with what thou dost show them may be blest To them for good, may make them choose to be ... ... middle of paper ... ... she does not teach girls that they are inferior to boys.
Her surroundings certainly influence her works, for she lived during the Transcendentalism and Romantic periods, not to mention the ghastly, but necessary Civil War. Transcendentalism and romanticism brought new ideas, literature, and ways of life and beliefs, and Alcott knew two great philosophers of that time, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. She lived with her parents and her three sisters in several places throughout Massachusetts. Alcott worked very hard for her family, and started writing about her childhood in stories. Her best-known novel is “Little Women” or “Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy”.
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.
Taylor refers to herself when she was younger, along with a neighbor boy, as "dirty-kneed kids scrapping to beat hell and trying to land on our feet" (TBT 2). Her independence is also evident in the way she dressed. When teased that she dressed like an eye test for color blindness, she reveals she was actually flattered. "I had decided early on that if I couldn't dress elegant, I'd dress memorable" (TBT 6). Taylor was also determined not to accept what was considered the "norm" for the girls in her town.
Jing Mei rebells; however by also continuing to speak in English while her mother speaks in Chinese. Later on in the novel, Waverly and her mother, Lindo, fight with each other over a silly haircut. Lindo is annoyed by... ... middle of paper ... ...it has many problems. Ying-ying helps her daughter by realizing her own flaws in her marriage and also seeing how unhappy her daughter is. Ying-ying helps her daughter by telling her about her own marriage and the struggles she went through.
Louisa May Alcott is one of many American authors that is remembered by her works. Alcott’s most famed piece of literature is Little Women. The events that take place during this novel are based on events that took place during Alcott’s life. Alcott brilliantly portrayed a nineteenth-century American family’s life in her novel. When writing her novel, Alcott applied John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.
Edna Pontellier in the Awakening represents a woman who stands out from her comfort zone and awakes to realize she is not happy with what everybody else believed was correct or acceptable for society . In this journey of discovering her individualism and independency two important persons helped her to shape this new concept about life; Adele Ratignolle and mademoiselle Reisz. The close relationship that Edna formed with these two women is the key to her awakening. The nineteen century’s women considered friendship as a very important aspect of their lives. The Smith-Rosenberg describe in her article how important was the bond that women created between them and how intimated they were.