Saturday, April 9, 2016

Little Women

Hello dears! Recently I have finished reading the famous Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Going into the book, I had already watched the movie, so I was aware of some of the tragedies that were going to happen. I must admit that I liked the book much more than might be expected. It was far from boring, and if you think that the book is focused around four angelic girls, your far from knowing the true story. 

First there is Meg, her fault is vanity, and the desire to be rich, as her friend Sally Moffat. She is the oldest, so we do not see as much of her as some of the others, because before we can she is whisked into being married.

 After Meg is Jo, and Jo is my very favorite character. she is boyish, clumsy, and uses slang. But she is a writer, and a reformer, with a stubborn yet loving heart. Her creativity and writers mind help her steal the starring role, somehow.

“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”
-Beth March

Then there is Beth, who, really is very angelic. She has a heart for the poor, and is compassionate to the fullest. She also has a sincere love for Jo, kittens, and her battered dolls. Beth is also the musical one, playing her little piano until a old neighbor gives her a fine one. 

The youngest is Amy. It took me awhile to like Amy, partly because she burned Jo's books, and partly because I felt a spoiled air from her. But, in the end I like her a little more, if not for her lecture to Laurie, then for her kind heart at least. She is the artist, who paints anything and everything, makes clay molds, and draws.

“Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I've a right to be hurt, I don't intend to show it"
-Amy March

Now, I cannot leave Laurie out of this, for without him the book would be dull. Theodore Laurence (A.K.A, Teddy, Laurie) is the March's young neighbor, who is befriended by them and taken in rather more as a brother. The girls are everything to him, from Meg acting as his Mother to Jo as his ruff-and-tumble friend. His Tutor, John Brooke, marries Meg later on. 

My Opinions

I felt for a long while that I was disappointed Jo and Laurie did not marry. However, as Jo's words were, they both were so alike, they would fight all the time. I still cannot reconcile myself to Jo marrying Professor Bhaer, no matter how nice or kind he may be, he is still twenty years her elder. 

The lessons from Mrs. March were priceless; the amount of Bible, morals, and righteousness this novel introduced was wonderful. I felt like each character was real, and the feelings were portrayed excellently. One of the March sisters faults are introduced, you watch them struggle, and then you see them overcome it. This is the type of story that infuses life and it's ways, but does not leave out the good parts, and ends with a a happy ending. I wait to read the following book.

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” 
-Little Women



  1. we are literally twins although I'm 11,I'm reading little women right now!but mine is just really old...---Liah

    1. cool! ;) That's great...sorrry if I spoiled the book for you! Tell me what you think :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this book, it's one of my favorites!

    Personally I love Prosfessor Bhear, Laurie is amazing but I think he's more of a brother to Jo than a possible husband for her. And in my favorite Little Women movie adaptation (the 1978 one) the person who plays Professor Bhear is AMAZING, and that's how I've always imagined him. :)

    ~Lydia~ <3

    1. I like Pro. Bhaer also, he's more mature than Laurie, and he's also kind. I just think he is a little to old for Jo ;)

    2. Little Women is a great book; there's so much good material in it to think about and sink your teeth into! (And lots of good quotes.)
      I think that Professor Bhaer is perfect for Jo because he is twenty years her senior. She needs someone older and wiser, to quote a song lyric for lack of a better term.
      I love Meg and John's marriage. It's the kind of marriage I would like to have!

    3. Jo did need someone to even her out! Though, the thought that when she was 10 he was 30 IS a bit creepy...Meg and John work together wonderfully!