Louisa May Alcott Little Women Essay

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Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott, was brilliant and outstanding in the meaning of pure literature. It’s setting was held in a small town during the period of the Civil War, roughly, between the years of 1861 to 1876. Many critiques and the author herself said that Little Women is based on Louisa’s life, and that Jo was based off of herself. While the book carried on with a dull writing and an overall, overused plot, it brought back morals and teachings that I could never forget again. It consisted of fully, well analyzed, and real characters, a well constructed and thought of plot, and the writing, as a whole, was inordinate and thoughtful; but like all literature works, it lacked some qualities and assets. It consisted of overused plots and clichés, and lacked originality.

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While the novella was built around well-analyzed characters and a well-constructed plot; I couldn’t help but compare it to Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice. While Little Women revolved around four girls, and Pride and Prejudice around five, the characters were both from poor, modest, family-oriented families. Although both families were poor, they portrayed the image of happiness and acceptance. While this is an important theme to understand; it is overused. Louisa may have played with the plot a bit; for instance, instead of showing the poor that money wasn’t everything, she could’ve showed the rich that money wasn’t everything (for most of the time they are the conceited). Alcott may’ve written about a girl from a well-rounded family, with an obscene amount of capital, marry a less fortunate boy. It was, also, brought to my attention, that underprivileged women had usually ended with the propitious boy, showing that women were always taken care by a more powerful, more beneficial
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