Little Women Louisa May Alcott Summary

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It was in the Victorian era (1837–1901) that the novel became the leading literary genre in English. Women played an important part in this rising popularity both as authors and as readers
Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), the title was meant to highlight the inferiority of women as compared to men, or, alternatively, describe the lives of simple people, "unimportant" in the social sense. This novel was written in New England during and after the American Civil War.

Little Women considers the place of women in society by presenting the portraits of several very different but equally praiseworthy women. As we read the novel, we experience their different interpretations of femininity, and we see a range
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It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth", but also "as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well".

"Alcott chronicled the coming of age of young girls, their struggles with issues such as selfishness and generosity, the nature of individual integrity, and, above all, the question of their place in the world around them."Girls related to the March sisters in Little Women, along with following the lead of their heroines, by assimilating aspects of the story into their own lives.

More young women started writing stories that had adventurous plots and "stories of individual achievement—traditionally coded male—challenged women 's socialization into domesticity." Little Women also influenced contemporary European immigrants to the United States who wanted to assimilate into middle-class
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In the pages of Little Women, young and adolescent girls read the normalization of ambitious women. This provided an alternative to the previously normalized gender roles. Little Women repeatedly reinforced the importance of "individuality" and "female vocation". Little Women had "continued relevance of its subject" and "its longevity points as well to surprising continuities in gender norms. The main role of women in nineteenth century America was to be good housewives. They were supposed to cook, clean, and tend to the children. They were also supposed to teach their daughters how to be good housewives. Women would usually grow up, get married, and go off to live with their husbands. The role of women in Little Women is seen throughout the entire novel. Marmee is in charge of teaching her daughters everything that they need to know to become a good housewife. Marmee also has to cook, clean, and tend to her four daughters. Along with the role that Marmee plays as a typical woman in the nineteenth
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