Character Development In Louisa May Alcott's Little Women

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The character development of people varies between each individual. It depends on a person’s strive for their own betterment. Some people are afraid of change, but development is something different that attracts the eyes of society. In Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”, Amy March undergoes the least amount of character development in comparison to her sisters. Amy portrays stubbornness, irresponsibility, and selfishness throughout the novel. A person possessing a trait such as selfishness can control a human’s soul, which affects their will for change. People portray selfishness on a day-to-day basis, that they think it is a normal characteristic of a person. Amy is an example of a selfish sister in many ways. She burnt Josephine’s book…show more content…
Amy is extremely stubborn to the point that she doesn’t realize it. To further explain, Beth was diagnosed with a contagious disease known as scarlet fever, which is life-threatening and can be caught easily. Josephine and Margaret had already caught it when they were younger, but Amy hadn’t, so the sisters decided to send Amy to Aunt March’s house. When they told her that she can not stay at home and must leave as soon as possible, she refused and insisted on staying. She was then convinced after Laurie had promised her that he will visit her everyday (Alcott 195). Another day, Laurie invited Margaret and Josephine to accompany him to the theatre. When the sisters were about to leave the house, Amy asked where they intended on going to. They did not want to tell her but were forced to, due to her insistence. She was outraged and demanded on tagging along, even after Jo refused. Meg and Jo eventually notified her that she cannot go with them because Laurie had invited them only. Another example is when Amy gave the whole class pickled limes but not Jenny. Although Jenny was somewhat rude to Amy, Amy should've been nicer and showed Jenny that she was the better person. Due to Amy’s stubbornness, Jenny told on Amy and the teacher punished her at school (Alcott 72). Amy is one of the characters in the novel that got everything she wished for, which led to her being the least developed character in the
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