The Theme Of Poverty In Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

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Poverty is a crisis which has been known to the world since its existence, for centuries it has eaten away human souls, due to its harshness and the financial struggle it causes. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott uses a third person account to represent many different scenarios, in which poverty is a problem within the March family, usually regarding to materialed items, and envying other girls and what they have. The conflict of poverty doesn’t usually cause problems for the whole community, but mainly affects the March Girls and their jealousy of others. Alcott conveys the fact that it is not easy to deal with poverty, because of the envy and the struggle poverty causes, due to many different scenarios involving the March sisters. One of the worst…show more content…
‘I thought you’d do it,’ said Mrs. March, smiling as if satisfied.” (24-25). After the March girls drop off the food to the Hummels the girls are very hungry, and are left with nothing to eat until dinner. Although the March family had no food, they helped a less fortunate family enjoy their Christmas. This scenario shows how poverty can affect a families and their ability to afford basic necessities. Another situation which displays poverty occurs while Meg is at the Moffat’s house, and has to go to get ready for a dance the following night; Meg is hanging around rich people, and is trying to fit in, but she only has one dress, because she is so poor. When Meg’s friends at the Moffat’s offer Meg a dress to wear, she declines the offer because she doesn’t want them to know that she’s poor, but after thinking, she soon accepts, but when she dances the following night she doesn’t feel herself. “Nor I ... began Meg, but stopped because it occurred to her that she did want several things and could not have

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